parting the night vale

arbesathejohnlockian  asked:

Hi! First, thank you for your hard work. I only came to listen to The Bright Sessions last week and I already love it and am deeply invested in it. I was also thrilled about your mentioning Alice Isn't Dead, one of my favourites. And it's a smart thought to include warnings now. I remeber listening to one certain episode of Alice Isn't Dead and being thankful for the warning beforehand.

Thank you so much!! The reaction to that reference has surprised me - I put it in just for myself because I love Night Vale Presents and they’re a big part of why we exist and I sort of expected it to mostly sail by unnoticed. But of course podcast listeners listen to everything and are extremely passionate people, so I’ve adored getting so many messages calling that ref out specifically. 

And, just for the purpose of clarity and so no one has the wrong expectation, we are not including warnings across the board for every episode. If I remember correctly, I don’t think Alice uses them every episode, and I don’t think we will either moving forward. We’ll of course use them when we deem it appropriate but for future episodes that fall in line with the content of the bulk of our Seasons 1 and 2 episodes, we won’t be using them. I just don’t want anyone assuming that because there’s no warning it’s all rainbows and sunshine because it may not be! 

mm yeah hey guys here’s your friendly reminder not to do the whole “what if being gay in night vale was normal and that’s why everyone accepts cecil and carlos being so open lololol” rhetoric for several reasons

first, there is literally no proof of being gay being “the norm” in night vale. like are we even listening to the same show. straight couples/characters are shown no hate or disapproval, and the number of confirmed straight relationships is about the same as confirmed gay relationships. what the fuck guys.

it undermines the fact that night vale has gay representation for gay representation’s sake. cecil and carlos are gay not because it’s a political statement or because it’s important to the over all plot, but rather because gay people exist and because we can have narratives outside of our gayness.

it’s homophobic to think that the acceptance of gay relationships/gay people is just part of the ~~~night vale weirdness~~~ because it implies being gay is weird and it implies that being straight is normal. yeah, being straight is THE NORM, as in it’s what’s common in society, but to say it’s normal implies being gay is weird/wrong/bad, which it’s fucking not. and again, this undermines the representation aspect of night vale. 

thinking gay acceptance is weird is also homophobic. like, i don’t even need to explain this one. if you think accepting gay people is weird then you’re a homophobe. (and again, there is a different between “what is common in society” and “this is what i think is normal in society”. while gay acceptance may not be COMMON in a lot of places in society, it doesn’t mean it’s weird.)

despite the feel of the show, night vale represents a future in which people are accepted for who they are and who they love without judgement. to think that this is weird or wrong or that it’s just part of the show’s ~~quirkiness~~ is messed up, especially considering places like this DO EXIST irl even if they’re not common. anyways, here was your friendly reminder. cut that “being gay is part of the night vale weirdness” shit out guys lol, it’s really not cool

Wednesday is rumored to have caused a wave of extra fingers and toes. “Rumored” only because it cannot be definitively attributed to Wednesday. While some citizens who have been afflicted state that they are inconvenienced, there has also been an uptick in jewelry sales. Some have also found the extra phalanges to be useful in their daily crafts. It just goes to show that it’s up to you to make the most of unexpected body parts.


Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency + Night Vale tweets (Part 2)

(Part 1, Dirk Version, Todd Version)



So look at the fleeting stars with fleeting eyes, and feel how the earth beneath you gives. It is all a temporary manifestation of particles, and it is all unraveling back to particulate silence. The bustle of the human day will come and will go. And then there will be night.

But how beautiful these moments within the dissolve! What a temporary perfection we can find within this passing world! Everything good ever done! Everything good that was done today, and all the good people doing it, and back and back and forward and forward, all of that beauty within a universe unraveling.

- Cecil Palmer, Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 49 - Old Oak Doors Part B

anonymous asked:

sorry if this has been asked before, but is there a place where we can access your ever growing list of to-reads? been facing a bit of a dry spell lately and i've always enjoyed your recs. also hope you don't mind if i ask where you source original stories to read from? i ask this with the course of honour in mind- found that through your blog- but mostly i am wondering if there is a Great Repository somewhere and i am yet to discover it, or if it's just a matter of following the right people :)

honest to god, this is me just copy-pasting my BOOKS TO READ email draft into this text box. I cannot vouch for the quality of any of them because, obviously, I have not read them, but they were all added to the list because they sound up my alley, or just as reminders to myself because I’ve read other things by these authors.

(I have a lot–a LOT–more books on my to-read list which are literally ON MY SHELF and so never needed to be added to this physical list. but I am not going to list those because we will be here all day.)

most of these are recs from friends or mentioned on podcasts (I recommend galactic suburbia!) or based on good reviews I’ve stumbled across:

Aliette de Bodard - House of Shattered Wings
Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan saga
Italo Calvino - Invisible Cities
Tessa Crowley - Godspeaker
Jennifer Cruisie - Bet Me
Samuel Delaney - Stars in my Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Cory Doctorow - Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Little Brother
Thoraiya Dyer - Crossroads of Canopy
Joseph Fink - Welcome to Night Vale 
Max Gladstone - Three Parts Dead
Nicola Griffith - Hild
Joe Haldeman - The Forever War
Robert Heinlein - The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
Christopher Hibbert - The House of Medici, The Borgias
N.K. Jemisin - The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate
Shirley Jackson - The Haunting of Hill House
Alaya Dawn Johnson - The Summer Prince
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - Illuminae
Mary Robinette Kowal - Valour and Vanity
Justine Larbalestier - My Sister Rosa, Razorhurst
Cixin Liu - The Three Body Problem
Sarah J. Maas - A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Walter Moers - The City of Dreaming Books
Nnedi Okorafor - Who Fears Death
Bob Proehl - A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Natasha Pulley - The Watchmaker of Filagree Street
Brandon Sanderson - Mistborn
Emily Skrutskie - The Abyss Surrounds Us
Angela Slatter - Vigil
Charles Stross - Glasshouse
Cathrynne Valente - Deathless, Radiance
Genevieve Valentine - Persona, Icon

in terms of original stories posted for free online: I am yet to read course of honour, and the last time I read an online serial it was CAPTIVE PRINCE, ON LIVEJOURNAL, so I am not exactly sitting on a dragon-like hoard of them, alas.

NOTE FOR MY BELOVED FOLLOWERS: please, for the love of everything, do not leap in to tell me five more things that should be on this list. usually I enjoy getting recs, but I am not in the greatest space at the moment when it comes to my overachiever neuroticism and tendency to shout at myself about Things I Am Not Doing And Should Really Be Doing, so I am not in the mood to lengthen any to-do lists. thank you.

So look at the fleeting stars with fleeting eyes, and feel how the earth beneath you gives. It is all a temporary manifestation of particles, and it is all unraveling back to particulate silence. The bustle of the human day will come and will go. And then there will be night.

Cecil Palmer

Welcome to Night Vale

Episode 49 - Old Oak Doors - Part B