The Beast actually appears to be a person and not (as I thought) a metaphor for writer's block or addiction or something. Things that caught my I: advertising a blog with an "I follow Doug Peterson" ribbon on a conference lanyard. Also: "I love that we met him (Stephen Hurley) in his medium of voicEd radio on his podcast and that he then joined us in The Beast at 5 am." Must be the reason why my own Ed Radio always had zero listeners. ;) Also: "the books from First Book Canada that were distributed to students for home use." It was a fun read but it really did feel like I was listening in on a private conversation for a very in-group conversation.