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The Dark Lantern

As you know, there’s not much room on these pages for political soapboxing, both because there are already plenty of internet playgrounds for that sort of thing, and because I’d rather freestyle on such endlessly gripping topics as the weather or this podcast’s sound quality. However. I have an opinion that must be voiced.

As you know, there’s not much room on these pages for political soapboxing, both because there are already plenty of internet playgrounds for that sort of thing, and because I’d rather freestyle on such endlessly gripping topics as the weather or this podcast’s sound quality. However. I have an opinion that must be voiced. You know the centenarian who sits in the corner of your office, who doesn’t do much, but who’s generally innocuous, whose very presence is as critical to your environment as the cracks on the walls or the location of your printers? Or the old curmudgeon at your local bar, who’s never bothered to buy you a drink and wouldn’t dare shove over a stool to free up a space for you and your friends, but without whom you’d probably never go to that bar at all?

I’m sure by now you know what I’m talking about. And I’ll say this: I’m not going anywhere near that solar system again until you bring Pluto back. I mean it.

Until then, here is today’s story if you want to read it in French.

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By miette

Miette has been podcasting the best of world literature's short fiction since March 2005, when she was just a pup.

1 reply on “The Dark Lantern”

I often wonder, what drives someone like Miette to so selflessly give of thier time in order to simply improve the quality of a strangers day – just because they can. So thank you – most sincerely Miette. I have subscribed to your podcast, for about 2 months now, and as I have been slowly (and indeed rapidly sometimes) travelling back in time through cast-time, I have noticed a certain trend toward an increacingly more professional production. Such a trend is very welcome and greatly appreciated, however I urge you to understand that there are certain qualities to your cast that should not be ‘improved’ upon. For example – your clear loathing os editing is a god-send! the occasionally mis-read line, punctuated by a gigle brings a human touch which is al too often lost in so many over-produced soul-less productions. The occasional yap of your dog… the wail of a distant siren or the burble of background conversation all add to the comfort and magic. I’ll admit that the buzzing mobile phone interfearance finds me reaching for my phone in anticipation of a call, which can be distracting, maybe I’m too highly strung?? nevermind that. So – in answer to a a question you posed some time ago… what do your listenesr do whiclt listening to your casts… well, mostly they punctuate my day, as advertised – a bedtime story, however, yesterday, you accompanied me for 10 Hours on a flight from Seoul to London – the only way to travel!

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