Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


24 Jan 2011, 10:18 a.m.

Atul Gawande, "Better"

I keep recommending in-person that people read Atul Gawande's Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance, so I ought to write about it too. I describe it, tongue-in-cheek, as a secular self-help book. Gawande, Michael Lewis, …

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06 Dec 2010, 20:10 p.m.


First a bunch of little snippets from my recent instant messenger conversations: Oh, the new movie Black Swan isn't an adaptation of the economics book? It's about ballerinas? BLAH TO THAT. I mean, there's a …

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29 Nov 2010, 22:55 p.m.

Longbows & Longboxes

Read some Amar Chitra Katha comic books today. The Vivekananda biography starts: "Nineteenth century India. The spirit of Hinduism lay hidden under a debris of rituals -- rituals disowned by the Indian intellectuals and scorned …

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26 Nov 2010, 12:07 p.m.

Speculative Filk & Short Fiction

As with The Autograph Man, I have a couple book titles that now fall into melodies in my head. Billy Joel's "Great Wall of China": We coulda gone all the way to The Left Hand …

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18 Nov 2010, 18:36 p.m.

Four Short Story Recommendations

One thing I do while I should be hanging out with my mom, or sleeping, or writing, is read short science fiction and fantasy stories online. A few recommendations to close some tabs: Jo Walton's …

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29 Oct 2010, 13:25 p.m.

When Fluff Fails

From last night, not posted till now: Tonight, instead of going to sleep at a reasonable hour, I quickly read Neal Shusterman's young adults' dramedy novel The Schwa Was Here. Washington, D.C. bookstore dude, why …

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14 Oct 2010, 1:53 a.m.

The Hyperlinks I Forged In Life

Disregard the timestamp on this entry, which is leftover from a draft I began on the other side of the world, when the Elizabeth Moon controversy broke. Everything feels unfinished, uncertain, temporary. I finally upgraded …

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30 Sep 2010, 22:20 p.m.


All I have is small thoughts, right now, in-between thoughts as I shower or eat or pause before reading another chapter to my mother. (The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. A Mahabharata retelling, …

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22 Sep 2010, 10:56 a.m.

Beginning To Think About A Formative Influence

Suresh Naidu visited the other night and, of course, inspected our bookshelves. "You're the only household I've ever seen that had every Stephenson, including the Baroque Cycle, but not Snow Crash. The Big U and …

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31 Aug 2010, 22:36 p.m.

"Going once / Going twice / Won't these gentlemen suffice?"

Something like a full day on airplanes, and I skipped getting sick. But then I caught my host's cold, so instead of exploring Melbourne on the last day before WorldCon starts, I'm yawning out from …

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