Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

20 Feb 2011, 23:03 p.m.

Not About Socialism, Sadly

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2011 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

"As diversity is a highlighted feature, many things are held in common amongst the students."

--Robin Y.'s unfortunate lead to the "this year's fashions" story in a Tokay High School yearbook. "Stylin': Teens pay price of fashion" was the nearly-as-useless headline (the body of the piece did not address price in any way). Keywords: Hilfiger, stripes, Tamagotchi.

Of course I have the other usual reactions to looking at my old high school yearbook, chagrin and who's-that and squinting at inscriptions and querying LinkedIn, but also, oh wow some of this writing sucks.


21 Feb 2011, 4:20 a.m.

When our yearbooks came out in senior year, I wound up spending an entire afternoon reading the choice bits of bad writing aloud to my dad so he could guffaw at them. The said-bookisms alone were enough to make one weep.

26 Feb 2011, 0:33 a.m.

That's almost sublime in its nonsensicalness.