Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

03 Sep 2002, 3:36 a.m.

Excerpt from No More Dead Dogs -- page five --…

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

Excerpt from No More Dead Dogs -- page five -- that sold me on reading the whole book:

[Our hero hated a book that his English teacher forced the class to read. Our hero said so, plainly, in the assigned book review.]

...Fogelman pounced on the comment. "It was sad. What a heartbreaking surprise ending!"

"I wasn't surprised," I said. "I knew Old Shep was going to die before I started page one."

"Don't be ridiculous," the teacher snapped. "How?"

I shrugged. "Because the dog always dies. Go to the library and pick out a book with an award sticker and a dog on the cover. Trust me, that dog is going down."