Only ten or so hours until I finally get to see the Dismemberment Plan live. Woo-hoo!
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.
Hey, my op-ed piece for ON Magazine (formerly Time Digital), "Web of Hope," is out now! The December issue is available on newsstands in this fine country as we speak. Unless you have a really well-stocked newsstand nearby, your best best is probably to look for it in the computer magazine section at your nearest Barnes & Noble. (The B&N at Union Square had about 20 copies last time I looked. That was before I bought half of them.)
Kind of depressing, though, that a one-page essay paid more than any single piece of fiction I've ever sold, at any length.
Laura and I were just channel-surfing before bed, and we stumbled across Any Given Sunday on one of the Cinemax channels. Now tell me, have you ever seen a player's eyeball pop right of his head during a professional football game? I'm not sure that's ever happened even in an XFL game. Jesus, I'm going to have nightmares tonight. Thanks, Oliver.
I find this news brief from last week's Onion strangely relevant to the situation with my book....
Terrorism Storylines Being Added To TV Shows As Quickly As They Were Dropped LOS ANGELESLess than two months after frantically excising any allusions to terrorism, network executives are scrambling to add terror-related storylines to TV shows, sources reported Monday. "We're working around the clock to squeeze in a special episode where a Libyan with ties to Al Qaeda threatens to blow up the D.A.'s office," said Law & Order producer Dick Wolf, who on Sept. 15 scrapped an episode of the NBC drama in which a character utters the word "bomb." "We've got to stay on top of this thing." Next week, Spin City, which last month pulled an episode featuring a shot of the World Trade Center, will air a "very special" one-hour episode in which Mayor Winston is infected with anthrax.My timing, as usual, is piss-poor. But perhaps the next submission will benefit.
Today may be the wrong holiday for it, but what the heck, the world's upside-down anyway. Happy Halloween.