pat walters

freelance journalist in memphis

light bulb

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This is a great little story. What’s it like to be the keeper of one of the longest continuously burning light bulbs in the world? Lon Wagner tells us:

Dickerson removes the lamp shade, not particularly gingerly, to reveal it. It looks like a normal bulb, except that its outer glass is clear, not frosted, so the filament can be seen easily. The filament glows orange and arcs up into the middle of the bulb, does a loop-the-loop and comes back down.

Dickerson offers to turn the lamp off and take the bulb out, for a closer look.

Please don’t.

The ending is so perfect it feels fake. Clutch. Nice momental narrative. (And yes, I did get that word from the OED.)

(via Gangrey)

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Written by patwalters

August 28, 2007 at 10:42 pm

Posted in narrative journo

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