Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.
            

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There's no way to make this pretty. Thirty years ago today—Monday, February 23, 1987—I was arrested at Calgary International Airport, by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. (Disappointingly, no horses were involved.) I had not awakened that day planning to commit a crime. I ended the day in jail.

Perhaps tempting fate, I began my celebration today debarking from an international flight in Reykjavík, Iceland. (The flight had landed without incident.) I am now writing this post on a patio at the Blue Lagoon spa, having just spent an hour drifting around the hot-spring-fed pool with my wife, sometimes with silica mud or algae on our faces. It just started to snow.

You, on the other hand, can celebrate with me by picking up a copy of my memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, which explains what happened before, during, and after that fateful arrest. All ebook versions are on sale for only 99 cents! Prices are slashed on signed print editions too!

Share e gospel. Tell your friends. Happy anniversary, wherever you are.

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Elder Shunn with books
Cast your mind back 30 years from today, to Sunday, February 22, 1987. This smiling 19-year-old Mormon missionary is not nearly as happy as he might look on the outside. But even so, he doesn't have the first clue how drastically his life is about to change.

But tomorrow, he'll find out. Stay tuned.

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Nail salon workers
Lined up in a row of five
Taking a selfie

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The Electoral College convenes today in state capitols across the country to stamp its imprimatur on our recent, horrifying election.

This antiquated, anti-democratic convocation was much on my mind two weeks ago when I returned to Chicago to appear at the 100th episode of Tuesday Funk, the long-running reading series I used to co-host. For that occasion, my brilliant wife Laura suggested I read from my first published short story.

I started work on "From Our Point of View We Had Moved to the Left" more than 25 years ago, in 1990, when my vision of the 2009 presidential inauguration seemed to me like nothing more than a whimsical fantasy. After much revision, the story appeared in the February 1993 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction,—my fiction debut. Unfortunately, it has now proved, at least in part, to be the most prescient of my stories. I wish it weren't, but there it is.

The crowd at Tuesday Funk seemed to agree, as you can plainly hear at the 3:27 mark in the video below.

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Get your 2017 Ella calendars now!

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Ella-Portation 2015 13-Month Calendar
Hi, gang! Laura and I are happy to announce that the new Ella calendar for 2017 is available now from Lulu.com. It features thirteen months of all your favorite Ella photos from from the past year—all right, all right, our favorites—and for a limited time you can get it for the discounted price of only $11.99 plus shipping and handling. What a fetching bargain!

Click below to buy now, and you can keep Ella-scoping out your favorite soft-coated wheaten terrier on her adventures out and about in Queens all year long.

Ella-Scope 2017 13-Month Calendar

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Tuesday Funk, 100th show, December 6, 2016, 7:30 pm
I'm delighted to be appearing tonight at a very special edition of Chicago's Tuesday Funk reading series.

It's the 100th episode of the long-running series. In honor of that occasion, current hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins have invited all the former hosts back as guests.

Please come out to Hopleaf tonight at 7:30 to see not just me but also Connor Coyne, Reinhardt Suarez, Hallie Palladino, and Sara Ross Witt. It's upstairs and it's free! It'll be a terrific show!

It's Tuesday Funk—Chicago's eclectic monthly reading series where good writing and good beer mix. (Hey, I coined that.)

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Taboo Tales NYC, Monday, October 10th, 7:00 pm, The PIT, 123 E. 24th St., New York, NY 10010
Tonight I'm very excited to be part of the second Taboo Tales event in New York City. Come out and see us at The PIT and I guarantee you'll leave feeling better about yourself. But get your tickets quick!

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Taboo Tales

I'm very excited to be part of the second Taboo Tales event in New York City on Monday, October 10th. Taboo Tales is the long-running show from Los Angeles where people tell stories about their fucked-up lives. Come out and see us at The PIT on Monday and I guarantee you'll feel better about yourself.

Now, I'll let Taboo Tales tell you more...


We've learned New Yorkers are pretty fucked up so we're putting on our second show on October 10th. It's Columbus Day so tell all your friends to come out and discover this one of a kind storytelling show where we talk about topics no one wants to discuss in public.

Our BRAVE storytellers for this show will be:

  • Allison Guerra
  • Tony Carnevale
  • Kent Koren
  • William Shunn
  • Karen Fratti
  • Bobby Hankinson

    Hosted by Vanessa Golenia and Kejal Macdonald
    Happening at the PIT theater (24th and Lex)
    7pm. Arrive by 6:30pm.

    Save some money and get your tickets in advance!
    $10 online tickets // $13 at the door

    Want to see how much fun we had at the last one? Say no more. Check our event photos.

    SEE YOU THERE!


    More info:
    http://tabootalestheshow.com/about-2/
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1781798598730652/

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  • Uh-oh! Oreo!

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    Oreo mayhem
    Oreo packet,
    rip'd open and crush'd on the
    subway floor. Tragic.

    —for the kid in all of us

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    Though it is widely known among our circle of friends that Laura and I were married on television, few are they who have actually seen the episode of the obscure series in question.

    Yes, we appeared in an episode of the Travel Channel series Two for Las Vegas which aired early in 2002. Yes, the episode ran several times that year. No, you can't see it now because Laura has always vetoed my requests for permission to post the episode to YouTube.

    Except that today, on the occasion of our fifteenth wedding anniversary, egged on by numerous voices on Facebook, Laura relented. So now you can watch this lost classic of the small screen. You'll laugh, you'll cry, it'll become a part of you.

    But hurry because she might change her mind any moment now.

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    The Accidental Terrorist 30th Anniversary Sale

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    local Mormon
    missionaries.

    Order yours now!

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