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

Symbolic logic

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You know, I think every font should have two typographical symbols added as characters:

That would make life so much easier.

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The shock of recognition

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In Salon, Charles Taylor reviews Nick Hornby's new book of book reviews, The Polysyllabic Spree. Amongst many fine passage in the piece, this one shook me by the shoulders like an old friend:

That recognition starts with the two lists that headline every Hornby column: "Books Bought" and "Books Read." Sometimes entries in the former end up on the latter that month, a few months later or not at all. Anyone who buys more books than he or she can read (i.e., any reader), and who then lets those acquisitions hang around for months or years, will look at those lists and sense a kindred spirit. (The surest way to spot a nonreader: someone who comes into your house, looks at your books and asks, "Have you read all these?")  [full review]
So relieved I'm not the only one.
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Novel in embryo

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So now I've written a novel synopsis. I wasn't writing it entirely from scratch, given that the novel will be an expansion of a novella, but still this was different from any writing exercise I've done. (Previous novel synopses have been written after the novels themselves were done.) I didn't exactly expect this assignment to be easy, but even so it was more difficult than I had anticipated. I had figured on two or three days of work, but it ended up taking six.

Now we'll see how well my agent likes it, and whether or not it gets the LSA....

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I'm not quite dead yet!

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Run for the hills! Official Monty Python Golden Honey Grail Spam™ is coming!

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What's a good way to spend a fun afternoon in New York with someone who can't walk a lot? I've been racking my brain and crapping out.

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Is that code for something?

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Friday evening I was walking home from the subway when a blue van went by. It had a picture of a penguin standing on a block of ice on the side, and it said:

PENGUIN Maintenance & Service
What I thought to myself was, I wonder who around here needs his penguin serviced?
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New York metro-area dwellers, just a reminder that I will be appearing tomorrow morning—Saturday, December 4—as Jim Freund's guest on "Hour of the Wolf" on WBAI 99.5 FM, from 5:00 am to 7:00 am.

Folks elsewhere in the world can listen to the broadcast on the web.

Eventually I'll put MP3s of the show online, to join the audio excerpts from my two earlier appearances.

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AMIBIOS: Day 4

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And still the video billboard is ill. Won't anyone help it, please? Doesn't anyone care???

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"Ladies and gentlemen, if you can use alternate transportation, do."

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www.ChurchSignGenerator.com

www.ChurchSignGenerator.com

Use responsibly.

Church sign quotation from SaysGod.com.

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