The Great Thrilling Adventure Hour/Welcome to Night Vale Crossover has been released!
We really hope you enjoy it. Please let us know if you did!
The show stars your favorite WorkJuice Players including Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, Craig Cackowski, and Hal Lublin, and Cecil Baldwin, the voice of Night Vale radio! Plus special guests including Molly Quinn, Paul & Storm, Janet Varney, James Urbaniak, Michael McMillian, Jason Ritter, and lots of Night Vale citizens.
Our delightful fans at FYeahThrillingAdventureHour have made fan-guides for anyone new to either show.
After the cut, some lovely photos taken by our pals at Ladykiller.
Ten years ago I was one of those bitter, solitary weirdos who thought it was a tragedy that the radio play, whether sitcom, drama, or serial, had been allowed to die off in favor of all-music and all-talk formats in the US. Podcasts haven’t exactly been a new Eden in that regard, since they’re mostly just more music and talk (just like the graphic novel boom hasn’t returned the newspaper comics page to its former glory either; things change) and I wish there was more cultural space for the middle ground of appreciation in between not caring and Being a Fan. If I hadn’t had an iTunes gift card balance sitting there for most of the year I might have thought twice about clicking Download. But I like these two things for what they are, I admire the skill with which they are crafted, and I’m still a bitter, solitary weirdo who listens to things he can’t easily explain to people on the street who ask what’s so funny.
What kind of imagination-poor schlub only experiences nostalgia for things from his own childhood?
(Mononoke - Umibōzu, Yaeko Ninagawa)
Para Todos… IX.445, 25 Junho 1927
Valentine’s Day should be autumnal.
Celery can be eaten better in an inn or a London tavern than in the home. Yes, and it should be eaten alone, for it is the only food which one really wants to hear oneself eat. Besides, in company one may have to consider the wants of others. Celery is not a thing to share with any man. Alone in your country inn you may call for the celery; but if you are wise you will see that no other traveler wanders into the room.
Take warning from one who has learned a lesson. One day I lunched alone at an inn, finishing with cheese and celery. Another traveler came in and lunched, too. We did not speak—I was busy with my celery. From the other end of the table he reached across for the cheese. That was all right; it was the public cheese. But he also reached across for the celery—my private celery which I had paid for. Foolishly—you know how one does—I had left the sweetest and crispest shoots till the last, tantalizing myself pleasantly with the thought of them. Horror! to see them snatched from me by a stranger. He realized later what he had done and apologized, but of what good is an apology in such circumstances? Yet at least the tragedy was not without its value. Now I remember to lock the door. —
Semper Idem: A Word for Autumn, by A.A. Milne (1920)
I was just reminded of this thing because of seeing my “private celery" tag (which is no longer the top hit on Google for that phrase, goddamn it), and thought it was worth sharing again.
I really encourage you to read the whole thing (it’s short) immediately. Not only is it amazing, but you need context for these awesome pull-quotes:
Season of mists and mellow celery, then let it be. A pat of butter underneath the bough, a wedge of cheese, a loaf of bread and—Thou.
and, of course:
Now I can see other things—crisp and sparkling days, long pleasant evenings, cheery fires. Good work shall be done this winter. Life shall be lived well. The end of the summer is not the end of the world. Here’s to October—and, waiter, some more celery.
If all you know of Milne is his children’s books and verse (which don’t get me wrong is great, Tonstant Weader notwithstanding), you should get to know his humorous essays and sketches from several decades at Punch. At least if you have an appetite for gentle Wodehousian absurdity.
BRITNEY SPEARS – “…Baby One More Time” | FreakyTrigger -
Here we go.