Paul's collaborative writing on the web

The Inferior 4+1 is a Livejournal community maintained by Paul, lizhand, Paul Witcover, lucius-t and ljgoldstein.

Recent posts:

  • New Review at the B&NR July 30, 2014
    Nick Harkaway's third novel is superb. And check out the redesign of the Barnes & Noble Review site!
  • My Books Become E-books... July 26, 2014
    My books are being converted to e-books by Open Road Media.  I just saw the covers and thought they were pretty great (though can you call something a cover if it doesn't, y'know, cover anything?).  I can't post them until they're okayed, but if you're interested, keep an eye out here.
  • New Review at the B&NR July 24, 2014
    I take a look at Paul Park's new novel:
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE July 19, 2014
    I look at a pair of good story collections:
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE July 16, 2014
    I look at some essays on SF:
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE July 14, 2014
    The short stories of KJ Parker, examined:

The Weird Universe explores a human and natural cosmos that is not only stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can imagine. The usual suspects are Paul Di Filippo; Alex Boese, curator of the Museum of Hoaxes; and Chuck Shepherd, purveyor of News of the Weird.

Recent posts:

  • Busted by a tornado
    A tornado recently ripped through the town of Kingsport, Tennessee, damaging homes and scattering belongings, including all the stuff that Jerrod Christian had in his home, allowing his neighbors to see it and realize that 'Hey, wait a second! That looks like our stuff that was recently stolen.' One of Christian's neighbors said, "I kind of had suspicions, but you can't just accuse people without proof." Christian is now locked up, awaiting trial. [ABC News]
  • Simplex Typewriter
    Original ad here. From 1891 to at least 1948. Not a bad run for any toy. More info here.
  • Tattoo Baby Dolls
    An art project by Sherri Wood. Check out the full gallery of her dolls at her site,
  • An American Hippie in Israel
    Caution: brief flashes of uncovered upper female chest area and two swears.
  • Avoid the Noid
    During the 1980s, Domino's Pizza ran a series of ads featuring "The Noid" -- an annoying creature that ruined pizzas intended for delivery. By ordering pizza from Domino's you could supposedly "Avoid the Noid." The ads were very successful, but were abruptly cancelled in January 1989 when a man named Kenneth Lamar Noid "wielding a .357 magnum revolver stormed into a Domino’s in Atlanta, Georgia and took two employees hostage" for five hours. Mr. Noid's problem with Domino's was that he believed their ads "specifically made fun of him." Mr. Noid was found innocent by reason of insanity, but that was the end of Domino's Noid campaign. You can read the full story at
  • Otto Witte, the King of Albania
    Wikipedia article here. Click text below in first article to enlarge.