Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2005 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.
I was poking through my blog archives recently. Man, I wrote more substantive and funny posts in November of last year than in most months this year, back before I had a weekly column that soaked up thinking/writing time. Anyway, I followed some links and reminded myself that a single month of John-Paul Spiro is more thought-provoking than a year of a lot of other blogs. For example, he tossed off a great encapsulation of what it is to be middlebrow, which I'll have to send to a friend of mine who challenged my definition of the concept. "I like art that appeals to my intelligence and sensibility, not my education."