Welcome to Night Vale: 90 - Who's a Good Boy? Part 2
June 16, 2016 12:35 PM - Subscribe

Who's a good boy? Who is it? Who is it?

Weather: "The Queer Gospel" by Erin McKeown


Night Vale, we live with the illusion of safety, that we can use caution and care in order to preserve our lives. The strangers came and we don’t know why. And then they went, and we don’t know why. We are always in danger. It was just that while they were here, we were made aware of the danger.
posted by DevilsAdvocate (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I like how no matter how much the writers say they don't like Lovecraft, they end up coming to the same conclusion: the universe is terrifying and we have no idea what's going on.
posted by hobgadling at 1:36 PM on June 16, 2016 [2 favorites]

I wonder if Steve Carlsberg was actually in elevated danger of getting turned into a stranger. Cecil seemed to interpret him having trouble with the question as Steve being set up to get converted into a stranger, but I felt like it was more just part of his general unwillingness or inability to go along with Night Vale's weirdness.

Also, it was definitely Khoshekh.
posted by ckape at 4:54 PM on June 16, 2016 [1 favorite]

I feel like one of the themes running throughout WTNV, though, is that even if the universe is terrifying and we have no idea what's going on, we can still find meaning and solace and comfort in each other — a message I don't really see in Lovecraft.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:48 PM on June 16, 2016 [5 favorites]

Perhaps that's why I like Night Vale so much? Because the idea that the universe is terrifying and there is absolutely no way to understand it or figure out what is going on to make some sense of is probably the thing that frightens me MOST. Existential horror gets me every time. But maybe the mitigating factor of getting through it together makes NV a win for me.
posted by chainsofreedom at 6:20 PM on June 17, 2016 [1 favorite]

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