Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

30 Oct 2002, 9:34 a.m.

A recent New Yorker "Talk of the Town" item:…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

A recent New Yorker "Talk of the Town" item: Some earnest artists made a snowglobe that contains a tiny John Ashcroft and plays "White Christmas." It passed through many hands, and now it belongs to the Attorney General himself, who loves it. He thinks it's hilarious, and it is. Another thing that's funny: the artists are upset that he obviously, to them, doesn't get the political message of the piece.

I really wish John Ashcroft had different politics, because I'd love to hang out with him.