August 20, 2008
Turning on the Ghost Light
According to tradition, theaters always leave a light on when they’re empty. Superstition says it’s to keep ghosts away, hence the name: ghost light. Others suggest that keeping a light on is simply a safety precaution. The romantic in me likes to think it’s a signal that the regular inhabitants are only gone for a moment and will be back soon, before the light burns out. For a variety of reasons (end-of-summer lethargy, too many hours spent watching the Olympics) there will be no post today. I'll be back, as usual, on Saturday but I’m turning on the ghost light while I’m away.