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Saturday Linkenings: The Writer’s Almanac

August 14, 2010

Along with People Reading Poems, Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac is the afflatus of this blog.

That sounds like something you might cough up after a fortnight in quarantine, but it’s not.  It means inspiration, or maybe a little more: inspiration that could be mistaken for divine.

When I read gas meters during college, and got paid by the meter so that speed and relentless, break-free work meant a decent paycheck, I’d still make sure I was back in the vehicle with a cold drink at 11.50 so I could catch the Almanac on NPR. Now Keillor’s voice is one of the ones in my head when I read.  That’s not a bad thing–I would enjoy listening to him read school board minutes–though sometimes I still re-record because I can’t get past an intonation I might have stolen from him.

He’s been doing this for decades, and the Writer’s Almanac website archives the entertaining notes and the poems.  It’s all searchable by poem or author, and the last several years’ worth include the audio.

Enjoy!

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  1. August 16, 2010 9:52 am

    I’d guess that instead of stealing or even borrowing intonations from Garrison Keillor, you’d rather have been rightly inspired by him. I have a feeling that it would be hard to copy his breaths which in some way set him apart, or at least set him apart when he was telling The News from Lake Wobegone.
    No. You have your own voice and of course it has been inspired by others. But it is yours.

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