Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


23 Aug 2010, 8:26 a.m.

Science Fiction That Argues Back

Julia and I were talking yesterday about Maureen McHugh and her excellent, searing novella The Cost To Be Wise came up. The Cost To Be Wise is in part a critique of Star Trek's Prime …

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19 Aug 2010, 13:33 p.m.

Sorry, Yet Not, For The Length

I closed the lid of my iBook G4 at some point this summer, maybe in June, and didn't open it again till I came back from India, with my Linux laptop unavailable. I'd been timesinking …

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13 Aug 2010, 7:29 a.m.

An Ecstatic Patron of Recurrent Light

I first read The Great Gatsby in eleventh grade, Mr. Hatch's American Literature class. Every few years I reread it. I read it a few years ago, after moving to Astoria, and got a richer …

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11 Aug 2010, 15:37 p.m.

From "I Have A Tambourine" to "LOL Warmongers" (Really Just Listen To The Talk)

After making some absurd, thrice-removed-from-original-text inside joke with Leonard, like "I never Medipren I didn't like," I told him about Biella Coleman's & Finn Brunton's talk at HOPE about pleasure in political spectacle, lulzy media, …

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11 Aug 2010, 15:07 p.m.

Some Preliminary Thoughts On My Adoration Of The Week

Mysore is a few hours' train, car, or bus travel from Bangalore. Conventional wisdom says Mysore is a small, quiet city, with colleges and parks and long afternoons sipping coffee with friends and relatives. But …

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28 Jul 2010, 16:31 p.m.

Method Of Loci

I sit in my father's old office, in the chair his typist used when he came every morning to take dictation (memoirs, articles, essays, books, email, whatever struck my father's fancy. We kept telling him …

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28 Jul 2010, 6:00 a.m.

From My Father's Library

20th Century Kannada Poetry (Selections)Edited & Translated by Sumatheendra Nadig1983M. Gopalakrishna Adiga"A Common Man"p.59 How dare you call me Common Man; Your dadis common, in the company of my fatheryour grandfather and your great grandfather …

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16 Jul 2010, 11:14 a.m.

(I Say, While Reading About Zombies)

Last night I was told that if you read Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France side by side with Paine's Rights of Man you get two different perspectives on the French Revolution and it's …

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30 Jun 2010, 13:23 p.m.

Foo Camp, Generosity, and Surrender

A few Foo Camp-related notes and links. Leigh suggests this Twitter search should you like to look through that particular collective stream of consciousness. (Cuttingly funny link I found via that search: It Must Be …

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14 May 2010, 10:40 a.m.


I am homesick. In other news, I seem to have read several books and not mentioned them here. No longer! Ursula Nordstrom's letters (Dear Genius). Blew my mind every twenty pages as I started thinking …

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