Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


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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07 Aug 2014, 13:36 p.m.

Ways To Be

I just reread Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle, the classic lesbian coming-of-age novel that screams from page 1 and never forgets the intersections of class, gender, and sexuality. I just reread the bit where Molly …

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06 Aug 2014, 9:40 a.m.

Five Books For: John

I recently got to catch up with my brother-in-law-in-law John and we talked about books a bit, and I started thinking about books I would recommend to him. John, my apologies if you've already read …

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03 Aug 2014, 15:06 p.m.

Younger Sumana As Media Consumer

A few memories. First. One morning in May 2001, I looked through my apartment, gathered together a bunch of items into plastic bags, and walked a few blocks to a man's apartment. I broke up …

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06 Jul 2014, 11:23 a.m.

A Brief Foray Into Amateur Litcrit

Some things I like in fiction: closely observed characters going through uncomfortable changes in life and identity (China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh is great at this; also see "Tomorrow Is Waiting" by Holli Mintzer) …

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