Welcome to Night Vale: 75 - Through the Narrow Place
October 1, 2015 1:58 PM - Subscribe

It's time for Night Vale's annual marathon. Plus, economic turmoil in Desert Bluffs, horoscopes, and another edition of "Hey There, Cecil."

Weather: "Black Eyes" by David Wirsig


Taurus: Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Pick up the phone, break your mother’s tailbone. Take your coffee with creamer, break your mother’s femur. The wizard’s spell has gone terribly wrong, and you must not move at all until it is reversed.
posted by DevilsAdvocate (9 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Not a bad episode, but not a great one, either. Similar theme to "Well of Night" but lacking a satisfying pay-off. And, when Cecil was out at the starting line, why no ambient noises? You'd think we'd here a mutter or two at least.

On the plus side, Disparition has posted MP3s of the new Opening and Closing Theme.
posted by jazon at 2:06 PM on October 1, 2015 [3 favorites]

I am getting married on Saturday, and this gave me a lot of peace in the midst of last-minute-planning anxiety:

But here’s a little secret for you: no one is ever the same thing again after anything. You are never the same twice, and much of your unhappiness comes from trying to pretend that you are. Accept that you are different each day, and do so joyfully, recognizing it for the gift it is. Work within the desires and goals of the person you are currently, until you aren’t that person anymore, and everything changes once again.
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:22 PM on October 1, 2015 [3 favorites]

This episode became a lot more creepy after I went back and read the transcript, and caught something I hadn't fully picked up on when listening to the episode.

During the segment on Khoshekh, Cecil mentions messages in Morse code as one of the types of communcations the station had received, which Cecil interpreted as "signs of the public’s insatiable desire to hear more cute kitty news."

After the weather, Cecil reports that "We sent messages in Morse code to the people we once had been, asking for help, but they could not help us." Heh, nice callback, I thought. But at that point I didn't remember exactly what the Morse code messages from the Khoshekh segment had said.

What the Morse code messages said was "HELP US! HELP US! WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR WEEKS! GOD SAVE OUR SOULS!" [emph. mine] So what was, for the listeners, a few minutes of weather, might well have been weeks in the Narrow Place for the Citizens of Night Vale.

Do the citizens of Night Vale not remember that they spent weeks in the Narrow Place? Or is it that Cecil didn't feel that was worth mentioning, in his Cecil-like way?
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:22 AM on October 2, 2015 [6 favorites]

wow, DevilsAdvocate, nice insight. That adds a layer to the episode I didn't catch. Thanks for pointing it out.
posted by jazon at 8:53 AM on October 2, 2015

Fanart of Cecil and Carlos in matching Lycra shorts (via the Reddit thread for this episode).

I was only half-listening to the intro, and thus missed this bit:
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posted by Shmuel510 at 10:16 AM on October 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

Oh, and congratulations on your wedding, chainsofreedom!
posted by Shmuel510 at 6:39 AM on October 4, 2015 [2 favorites]

Thanks Shmuel510! We are very happy, and my husband has beautiful hair. He actually quoted Night Vale at me in a private moment during the reception, when I complimented his frankly lovely hair.

Then we both said, "Telly." in an ominous voice and giggled, so he's definitely a keeper.
posted by chainsofreedom at 7:51 AM on October 4, 2015 [2 favorites]

OMG Shmuel510, that fanart is precious. Carlos is apparently messaging me via the tab header which is freaking me out a bit.
I listened to this episode as I was on the way home from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, which was a good way to wrap it up. The weather was particularly Lovecraftian (if you slipped Xanax in his spaghetti maybe?).
posted by The Ardship of Cambry at 10:19 AM on October 6, 2015

So what was, for the listeners, a few minutes of weather, might well have been weeks in the Narrow Place for the Citizens of Night Vale.

We've always known that time is weird in Night Vale.
posted by sparklemotion at 8:32 AM on December 8, 2015

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