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

The Falcon and the Snowman and me

In 1985, I was a far bigger fan of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny than just about any other musician. The album that infected me was 1982's Offramp, which sounded unlike anything else I'd ever heard. I became a hardcore consumer...  read

Send your missionary a margarita!

In a message exchange a few months ago, a friend and former colleague from my missionary days reminded me of a funny story from 1988 involving the elder who was then my companion. I didn't immediately recall the incident, but...  read

Our memories remind us, maybe mine is not so bad

I've always believed that I have a pretty good memory—in particular, that I can recall formative events and conversations from years or even decades ago in reasonably good detail. When I started work on my memoir The Accidental Terrorist, I...  read

What David Mitchell is up to in “The Bone Clocks”

This post about The Bone Clocks contains mild spoilers. When grappling with works of genre fiction, most mainstream literary critics can be counted on to demonstrate a peculiar tone-deafness. Take the case of The New Yorker's James Woods, who calls...  read

Taxonomy

Little neighbor girl Waving to a cardinal: "Parrot! Hi, parrot!" ...  read

Grand Motherfucker (an epic sci-fi poem)

This poem debuted live at Tuesday Funk #48 in Chicago on September 4, 2012, the same day it was written. I've submitted it to a few editors since then, but since they (probably sensibly) turned it down, my birthday present...  read

Share the wealth

Homeless man feeding his McDonald's French fries to pigeons. Share the wealth. ...  read

Just resting

Dead squirrel lies prone, Chin resting on its two paws. Looks like it's sleeping. ...  read

4 across

senior citizens holding hands like preschoolers blocking the sidewalk ...  read

My first R-rated movie

Reading this edition of "The Big Question" at Hitfix.com got me thinking about the first R-rated movie I ever saw. The film itself—a Michael Douglas thriller called The Star Chamber—was not so memorable, but the circumstances around my viewing of...  read
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The Accidental Terrorist: A Memoir by William Shunn
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