Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

27 Jul 2002, 12:10 p.m.

Hey, my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science actually came…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Hey, my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science actually came in handy at work yesterday!

"I'm looking for books by Dahl. D-a-h-l."
"Roald Dahl. Well, we have a number of books by him in the children's section --"
"No! That's not the right one."
"Do you mean the Dahl who wrote on power? How Democratic is the American Constitution?"
"Yes, that's the one!"

I remember reading Dahl's slim $23 volume, Modern Political Analysis, in Comparative Politics freshman year.

Also yesterday: a fella came in looking for G.K. Chesterton (yay!), and a fella told us we didn't seem to have any travel books on Cuba. (Turns out they weren't in Central America, but in The Caribbean.) I briefly entertained the notion that we kept all our travel books on Communist countries in some separate division.

The store got rather crowded and loud last night because Chuck Pahlaniuk and Joelle Fraser, authors of Fight Club and The Territory of Men respectively, spoke and signed books here. A number of fans of Fight Club came dressed as waiters with fake bruises and wounds. Chuck was quite impressed.