Welcome to Night Vale


While others are binge watching shows on Netflix, after learning that Wil Wheaton made a guest appearance on the October 15 episode of the on-going, comedy-satire-conspiracy-theory-podcast-masquerading-as-a-novel-masquerading-as-a-radio-show for the fictional town of Night Vale, I decided it was finally time to binge-listen to this cult classic and get caught up on Welcome to Night Vale.


For those of you unfamiliar with this popular podcast now in it's second year (Episode 56!), Night Vale is a conspiracy ridden desert town in the Southwest. Every podcast is delivered by Night Vale Community Radio. We learn every soap-opera-like detail (hysterical) via this radio broadcast, each of which lasts approximately 20 minutes. Created by Joseph Fink with the radio broadcast performed by Cecil Baldwin, the podcast is drowning in satire and has led the Top Ten Podcasts lists since 2013.

I won't try to catch you up on the plot of Night Vale, but I will say that if Wil Wheaton is guest performing, it's cool enough for all of you, too. 


Holy crap....in Episode 3:

"Listeners, we are currently fielding numerous reports that books have stopped working. It seems that all over Night Vale, books have simply ceased functioning. The scientists are studying one of the broken books to see if they can understand just what is going on here. The exact problem is currently unclear, but some of the words being used include ‘sparks,’ ‘meat smell,’ ‘biting,’ and ‘lethal gas.’ For your own safety, please do not attempt to open a book until we have more information on the nature and cause of these problems. The city council has released only a brief statement, indicating that their stance on books has not changed, and that, as always, they believe that books are dangerous and inadvisable, and should not be kept in private homes."

6 comments:

  1. I love this series! Delightfully weird. It amuses me how often books and the library are an integral part of the story.

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    1. I'm binging the way other people binged on Orange is the New Black. It's unhealthy, I tell you. ;)

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    2. The only bad thing about a binge is reaching the end of the binge. You can always start over from the beginning (that's what I did), but it's not the same as knowing you still have episodes in the double digits that you haven't listened to yet.

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    3. Right? Still....I do better binging on podcasts than I do television series. At least here I get other things done. (well, okay, not really...but intentions and all that....pfft)

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  2. I haven't heard of this, but it sounds wonderful! I'm not sure I need another podcast in my life, but I might have to try the first of these and see what I think.

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    1. It is such campy sarcasm. In other words - so me. Your mileage might vary, but I was hooked from the get-go, LOL.

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