The Story’s The Thing: Welcome to Night Vale

Sometimes a story comes along that you just can’t ignore, something that all of a sudden everyone seems to be talking about, and you just have to experience for yourself. Welcome, dear readers of this blog, to Night Vale.

Night Vale Logo courtesy Commonplace Books

Night Vale Logo courtesy Commonplace Books

Welcome to Night Vale is a (free) podcast updated on the first and fifteenth of each month. You can find it here at its official site, where there are links to stream it, or download it from various places. Night Vale itself is a town in the desert where the supernatural and strange is commonplace. You do not want to approach the dog park due to the hooded figures, the Sheriff’s Secret Police are the authority in the city, and the City Council has banned more things than you want to admit. A glow cloud drops dead animals on the town, and there’s a scientist trying to figure out what exactly is happening.

Without giving too much away, as Night Vale is something that you really must experience itself, it’s a wonderful combination of the Twilight Zone and Garrison Keillor’s Tales from Lake Woebegone. However, it’s not just the news from a small town. Entwined in the story is an extremely progressive social awareness. The narrator, Cecil, from the very first episode, has a huge crush on (which develops into a relationship with) the visiting scientist, Carlos. No one really seems to care much that he is in a relationship with a guy, simply that he tends to talk about Carlos instead of the news. Cecil also rants about the ‘Apache Tracker,’ a white man in town who goes around saying he is in touch with Native American methods of finding and understanding things. As he points out, this guy is basically the personification of cultural appropriation (and he’s a pain in the tail to boot). Finally, there is specifically no description of Cecil in the entire podcast (thus far). He’s every man, well, as much as a newscaster in a strange town in the Southwest can be an everyman. He specifically could be anyone of any race, any background, any shape or any size, which makes for an even more awesome experience.

So, dear readers, do go and experience the mystery that is Welcome to Night Vale for yourself. It will be an engaging and thrilling experience for everyone involved. Just remember: Do not go near the dog park. Goodnight, dear readers. Goodnight.

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5 Comments

  1. August 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm
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    Thanks for the review, Quinn! I tried to get into WtNV, and it was hilarious, but I didn’t want to spend the time getting invested in it because it’s so far along…maybe I’ll give it another shot! I’ll just have to find some serious knitting projects to work on at the same time (otherwise I’m just sitting there staring into space and zone out…) xD

    • Quinn Kess

      August 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm
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      I’m actually catching up slowly myself. I think it’s awesomely worth it, though! The nice thing is you can do it in short blips, one or two episodes a day, and stretch it out for a while. It’s just… yeah. It’s awesome.

  2. David

    August 21, 2013 at 9:43 pm
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    ALL HAIL THE GLOW CLOUD!

    • Quinn Kess

      August 22, 2013 at 10:50 am
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      ALL HAIL THE GLOW CLOUD

      … wait. What did I just type?

  3. David

    August 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm
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    The Sheriff’s Secret Police are here. I am in no way being coerced into making this post about how great Night Vale is.

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