Inhuman Swill : Page 143
Why is my blog called Inhuman Swill? Because you can unscramble the pieces to make William Shunn.


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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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Whither warmth?

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When it comes to public restrooms, the only thing worse than a cold toilet seat . . . is a warm toilet seat.

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Wasps at the speed of sound

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My good friend (and collaborator on a story we may yet finish someday) Derryl Murphy has a short story collection just out from Wildside Press, Wasps at the Speed of Sound. I've read many of the stories in the book already, and I recommend them unreservedly.

In his blog he lists a lot of places you buy the book, but if you want the hardcover and are a Barnes & Noble Readers' Advantage member, I will point out that you can save three bucks through them.

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Hey, New Yorkers—I wanted to remind you that I'll be reading along with Barbara Krasnoff and Ian Randal Strock this evening at 7:00 pm at the South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street in Manhattan. There's detailed information here, and I hope to see you there!

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Not an April Fool's Day joke! Despite Laura's absence from the team, I know some of you wanted to be kept updated on when the Gotham Girls Roller Derby season would start. April 1st, as it turns out. And where is it, you ask?

from All bouts are held at Skate Key, 220 E. 138th Street in the Bronx. Take the 4/5 one stop out of Manhattan to 138th Street/Grand Concourse.

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW! $12 advance/$15 at the door. VIP and season ticket rates also available!

I'm not sure we'll be able to make that first game, but you'll see us there cheering at some point during the season.

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Well, what do you know again! This just in from the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series mailing list:

The New York Review of Science Fiction and the South Street Seaport Museum Present

The Eighth of February Writer's Group Redux
Barbara Krasnoff — William Shunn — Ian Randal Strock
Monday, April 4th, 7 o'clock

Previously, on NYRSFr...

You may recall that in January, we featured readers from the writer's group known as The Eighth of February, but decided at the last minute to spread out the seven writers over two evenings. Here then, is part two, hosted and guest-curated by Bill Shunn.

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The cry "'Freebird'!" undemystified by the online WSJ.

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