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Helen & Edgar “Mother used to always say to us, ‘Savannah is a trap. It’ll try to imprison you; even if you manage to get away, it’ll find a way to drag you back.’” The voice delivering these words and the story that follows is one of the most unique and sorcerous you’re likely to hear in this world: Imagine olde English chanted by Charles Laughton, pumped through molten rock, extruded with a taffy-puller, and translated imperfectly back into contemporese. (Vowels and dipthongs emerge in forms that don’t correspond to any known dialect.) This is the voice of Edgar Oliver, writer, poet, and mainstay of the Moth. How did this man of frail and elfin late-middle-age — with his large, expressive eyes and translucent-looking hands folded protectively over his heart — end up with these plutonic pipes, these inscrutable affectations? And are they affectations? The next line offers a »

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