Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

16 Mar 2002, 19:31 p.m.

Lahiri mentions the East Coast department store Filene's and its…

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

Lahiri mentions the East Coast department store Filene's and its subsidiary, Filene's Basement, in several stories in Interpreter of Maladies. As John probably recalls, I visited a Filene's Basement in mid-July of last year. The day my group left for St. Petersburg from Washington, D.C., after realizing that I had no sweatpants with me, I lugged John with me out into the urban wilderness. First we visited a Kinko's and paid exorbitant rates for net access, and then I found a clothing store -- the aforementioned Filene's Basement -- via suggestions from streetgoers, and bought a pair of soft blue drawstring pants.

My sister is bugging me to take the LSAT and GRE before I leave college. She's right, perhaps, in that I should "keep my options open" by taking the tests, but I just wish that for once I could put my foot down and ask her not to nag me about something and she would ACTUALLY STOP.

Well, either I'm safe in saying that here, or she actually reads this, and I'd be glad with either.