Posts Tagged ‘literature’

Above Average

January 14, 2009

The Writer’s Almanac

Every day, Garrison Keillor narrates a five-minute broadcast celebrating the birthdays of poets, novelists and essayists. The finale of each program is a contemporary or classic poem narrated in Keillor’s cool, calm baritone.  The Writer’s Almanac is available as a blog, a broadcast on local public radio, and a podcast. They all end with the encouraging advice  “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

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One egg

January 12, 2009

The Orwell Diaries

George Orwell’s daily diary entries from seventy years ago (beginning after the publication of Homage to Catalonia) have followed him from England to Morocco, where he was convalescing from his wounds in the Spanish Civil War.  He comments on politics, of course, but also on farming techniques, wildlife and weather.

For the past few dozen entries, he has been obsessing about the number of eggs his flock of Moroccan hens are laying each day. The many commenters have started to mirror his monomania.