Talk about earning a bad name for yourself. "Slush pile" is loaded with numerous shady insinuations. From the Post's first deployment of "slush pile" to Van Loan's unethical reporter and ship slush emerges the foul and mercenary undertones that resonate into our modern use of "slush pile." One does often associate slush piles with the trash bin. Is that where J.H. Seward & Co.'s rotten sawdust fruit should have gone? How about leftover cooking fat? Or irresponsible journalism? Apparently not. Just ask fans of John Ashbery, Philip Roth, Harry Potter and Twilight, slush pile rescuees all.