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The Writer’s Almanac With Garrison Keillor A Poem Each Day, Plus Literary And Historical Notes From This Day In History

If they want to restore the Middle Ages, good luck, but all of their best people are trying to escape. A Kalashnikov is no substitute for brains. We didn’t have cellphones back in the day and now we do, and so, as the Everlys sing and the GPS lady guides my wife through a maze of colonial streets in small towns on the coast of Connecticut, I can text my daughter and tell her I love and miss her, all simultaneously, and wind up at a nearby café overlooking Long Island Sound. The Writer’s Almanac – Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” was published in the United States on this day in 1958 and, in 1920, on this day the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified. The Writer’s Almanac – Monday, August 30, 2021 “Satire is the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.” –Molly Ivins, born on this day 1944.

The Writer’s Almanac – Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Manga artist Yumiko Oshima was born on this day, 1947. A member of the Year 24 Flower Group, who revolutionized “shojo manga,” comics for girls. The Writer’s Almanac – Saturday, September 4, 2021 George Eastman received a patent for the first film camera, which he called Kodak, on this date in 1888.

I celebrated with lunch with five friends at an outdoor restaurant under a canopy on a perfect summer afternoon and in memory of my frugal parents I ordered the most expensive wines, and the Lord, who prepares a table in the presence of my enemies, prepared an even better one for my friends, and we feasted ourselves silly. My wife was away, tending to the settlement of the estate of a crazy bachelor uncle, and texted me, “I miss you too much,” a very nice touch. I come from fundamentalist people and every year they asked that I be excused from square-dancing in gym class so that I would not be tempted by carnal pleasure, but still they didn’t object to my reading secular literature such as Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. They were gentle people, not like the bearded men with machine guns riding through the streets of Kabul, or the American mujahideen sacking the Capitol in January or Mr. Roseberry in his black pickup parked in front of the Library of Congress Thursday, claiming to have explosives enough to destroy whole city blocks. Afghanistan was a disaster we inherited from old imperialists and most Americans will be glad not to be reading about it on a daily basis. The Taliban is a bunch of thugs, nobody you’d want to move in upstairs, and they captured the flag, and now it’s their problem.

George Eastman received a patent for the first film camera, which he called Kodak, on this date in 1888. The Writer’s Almanac – Wednesday, September 1, 2021 This day, 1773, Phillis Wheatley published “Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral,” the first book ever published by a former American slave. Get official Apple, Google and Spotify badges to link to this podcast, or get a magic link for social media. MPR has ended our contract with the company that owns the rights for production and public distribution of The Writers Almanac and MPR no longer has the rights to post the archives. Louisa May Alcott started writing poems and submitting them to periodicals.

If what it means to live in New York is to ride the subway into a waterfall, maybe it’s best to be less stressed in the Upper Midwest and instead of flooded tunnels and tornado funnels, take sanctuary on the prairie. “Satire is the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.” –Molly Irvins, born on this day 1944.

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