Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

18 Sep 2003, 15:41 p.m.

Six Impossible Things Before Lordy, Lordy, Look Who's Forty

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

Krugman on his career and becoming an economist:

I have a self-serving theory: interesting ideas have very little to do with interesting life experiences. According to this theory a person who has grown up in eight countries and speaks five languages, who has taken a dogsled across Siberia and a raft down the Amazon, is no more likely to have a deep insight into social science than someone who grew up in a safe middle-class suburb reading science-fiction novels.

I hope this theory is true, because I have an utterly conventional background....

I would like to believe his theory but years of reading Salon tilts you the other way.