I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know? —
Truer words were never spoken. If you’re a sleep enthusiast like Ernest, you can learn more about it in our sleep episode.
We’re so excited that we can finally announce this - we have a book coming out! The galleys just came in today and look amazing.
Bigger announcement and Amazon link coming soon, but here are the Cliff Notes:
- It’s coming out September 3rd;
- There’s 50 stories told on our stage, transcribed and edited for your reading pleasure;
- Plus introductions by Adam Gopnik, George Dawes Green and The Moth’s artistic director, Catherine Burns.
More info coming soon, but we couldn’t keep it to ourselves any longer!
YAY! We heart The Moth.
I pined away to a weak, helpless condition, with my teeth all loose, and my upper and lower gums swelled and clotted together like a jelly, and they bled to that degree, that I was obliged to lie with my mouth hanging over the side of my hammock, to let the blood run out… —
Watch out for scurvy, kids.
This particular description of scurvy is stolen from Nicholas Johnson’s Big Dead Place: Inside the Strange & Menacing World of Antarctica, a fantastic book you should all read immediately.
Historical Map: Moscow Metro, 1980
Here’s a beautiful map of the Moscow Metro from 1980 that’s unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. I don’t think it’s an official map, as it looks quite different to other Moscow maps of the same vintage. The archive I found the map in also lists it as “Source Unknown”. It appears to have been printed on the flyleaf of a pocket-sized book, bound to the book’s front cover on the left half, with the fold just to the right of the vertical Orange Line of the map.
Have we been there? No.
What we like: One of the most unique-looking transit maps I’ve ever seen. It looks more like a map of the solar system, with Jupiter-sized interchange stations within the orbit of the Ring Line, smaller satellites (outlying stations) trailing along in their wake. Despite the unusual form, and the renowned complexity of the Moscow system, this still has a nice sense of clarity, simplicity and order to it - this map is still very usable.
What we don’t like: Some absolutely terrible registration on the printing (which appears to be all spot colours - nine different colours in total!). Some fairly crude-looking linework, which may be poor draftsmanship or the result of the printing.
Our rating: Totally unique, but still a very usable map. Four stars.
(Source: Lebedev Studio’s historical archives of Moscow Metro maps)