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

Upcoming essay

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Since I've just returned the signed contract, I assume I can announce that a personal essay of mine, "The Missionary Imposition," will be appearing in the upcoming issue of Matthew Kressel's zine Sybil's Garage. Holy cow, but there's a great table of contents! Check out the cover.

The issue should be out Real Soon Now, and I'll be sure to holler when it is.

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Alliance in the Times

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On the front page of the Arts section in today's New York Times is a nice story on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which some of you may have seen already. It begins:

Student Winners Follow the Famous In 1932, a senior at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn won second prize in a writing contest for a story called "Life - From Behind a Counter," about working in his father's grocery store.

The story ends with a salesman telling the boy, "vat you see in vun day, und vat you hear in vun day from dese people - you can write a leetle book about."

"I nodded - only I thought, 'I could write a big book,' " wrote the 18-year-old author.

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Cheers!

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I'm not sure what everyone is so upset about. Personally, I think John Cardinal Ratzenberger will make a splendid pope. Long live Clifford XVI!

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The Amityville whores

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As a new version of The Amityville Horror makes its way toward the big screen, it's instructional to be reminded that we do have a pretty good idea of what really happened in that storied house on Long Island.

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One for you, nineteen for me

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I went to the post office on 34th Street between Park and Lex this morning to mail some parcels overseas. I had forgotten that today is Tax Day, and that a decree had gone out from Caesar Georgius that all the world must come unto the USPS to tax the postal workers. I didn't expect the place to be nearly so crowded at that time of the morning, but the nice thing was that there were about three times more clerks working than I've seen there in a long time and the line moved very quickly. If only every day were Tax Day.

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The trip from Bountiful

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Derryl Murphy forwards me this fascinating article from the Toronto Globe & Mail about young defectors from the polygamous Fundamentalist LDS community in British Columbia:

Making a break from Bountiful

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Wait—what?

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According to Salon's The Fix,

Ari Fleischer's news and gossip-free book about life in the inner Bush circle. "Taking Heat," published last month, has reportedly failed to sell less than a tenth of the 200,000 copies in its initial print run thus far.
Wait a second—it has failed to sell less than 20,000 copies? So what exactly are we to conclude? That it succeeded in selling 20,001? Or 200,000 for that matter?

UPDATE: Since I posted this, Salon has changed "less than" to "even." I guess they follow my blog closely!

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New look

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The new web site design is complete, as of sometime early yesterday afternoon. I have significantly pared back the content available on the site. Most of what's still there is writing-related, though I did keep two bits of Mormon-related content: "Terror on Flight 789" and the Mormon glossary. The more confrontational material is gone, not because I disagree with Mormonism any less but because as the years tick by I'm less and less interested in the endless rancorous arguments it drew me into, and continued to draw me into even as my anger faded and my interest waned. I'm concentrating on other things these days, and maybe my inbox will start cooperating in that shift now.

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Ah, yes, these are the walks down Memory Lane that I live for.

(Ref. para 2, para 3, and para 4.)

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An officemate just came back reporting that the Starbuck's at 34th and Park has no coffee. Well, apparently they have coffee beans but no filters—ergo, no coffee.

I'm moving my investment cash to Martha Stewart Living.

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