As I’ve mentioned previously, I listen to the Christmas and Commerce episode of This American Life almost every night as I go to sleep. Specifically the Santaland Diaries excerpt. This being my habit, I’m fairly well familiar with it, particularly the first five or so minutes, which is as far as I generally get before completely passing out.
Now, the last couple nights, the wording seems to be significantly different than it had been previously. To the point that it jerks me out of my half asleep daze to wonder if they’ve gone and replaced the audio (the “first aired” date is still 12/20/1996) or if I am losing my goddamned mind. Considering I can’t think of a reason why they would go back and edit a 16 year old story and the fact that I just spelled “mind” as “mined,” I’m inclined to go with the latter option. Which, frankly, is terrifying.
Give it to me straight, Ira. Are you tryin’ to play me for a fool or should I see a doctor?
Edited to add: I swear on my life that it is different, but I’m comparing it to a version I downloaded three months ago and they’re the same. My whole world is being torn asunder and I don’t understand what is happening. I just want the old version back. Even if it’s just a delusion that I’ve been lulling myself to sleep with for months.