Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


14 Feb 2015, 18:47 p.m.

Internet Things I Am Appreciating

Here are a bunch of interesting links. My pal Brendan wrote an appreciation of my old MC Masala newspaper column and I am totally still basking in it. Yes Brendan you totally were and are …

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28 Jan 2015, 22:27 p.m.

It's On My Mind

So a few years ago, a friend of mine was at a party, and one of the people at that party was a laconic fella, a new boyfriend who hadn't met this group before. Eventually …

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21 Jan 2015, 16:14 p.m.

"Trade Me" and Courtney Milan

Today I snarfled up Trade Me, a new contemporary romance novel by Courtney Milan. It stars a Chinese-American woman studying computer science at UC Berkeley. It's about class and classism, deconstructing the Prince Charming/billionaire trope …

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11 Jan 2015, 9:30 a.m.

Ruthanna Emrys, A Writer I Like

Are you reading the fantasy or science fiction of Ruthanna Emrys? I recommend it. I found out via Ada Palmer's glowing review about "The Litany of Earth". This is your way into Emrys's work if …

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26 Dec 2014, 22:42 p.m.

Yuletide Recommendations

Every year the Yuletide fanfic exchange delivers a bounty of fun and goodness, and enables me to refuel my participation in fandom. (Last night at the Hacker School holiday potluck (I brought beet juice), I …

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13 Oct 2014, 8:56 a.m.

Lee Iacocca and Malcolm X

I read Malcolm X's autobiography at about twelve and Lee Iacocca's autobiography at around eight. (You know how it is with childhood; you read what's around you.) This past weekend I dipped back into the …

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11 Oct 2014, 10:58 a.m.

Recent Reading Responses

Data & Society (which I persist in thinking of as "that New York City think tank that danah boyd is in" in case you want a glimpse of the social graph inside my head) has …

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25 Sep 2014, 11:09 a.m.

On Status

From Susan McCarthy, specifically from her great book Becoming a Tiger: How Baby Animals Learn to Live in the Wild. Animals learn about individuals through play. If little coyotes cheat, the other pups won't play …

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16 Aug 2014, 22:24 p.m.

Choosing to Leave, Stay, or Listen

I've recently been thinking about the power not to care -- the power to dismiss, to decide that someone else's opinion doesn't matter to you, and act accordingly, to act entitled. I've been thinking about …

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13 Aug 2014, 10:20 a.m.

A Failure In Fluff Recommendation

A friend mentioned that she's particularly interested in reading fluffy fiction novels authored by people who are not white men -- comfort fic, and (in her case in particular) preferably not mystery or romance. (And …

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