Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

02 Oct 2005, 7:24 a.m.


Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2005 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

Years ago, when I worked at Cody's Books, I got to introduce Bruce Sterling. I got a giant cardboard blowup of his book cover, and I've never quite figured out where to put it.

Last night I went to a housewarming party and gave it to the hosts. They seemed delighted and really appreciated the design of the thing, more than I ever had.

I also met a random Indian fellow. Yeah, there are many Indian-American experiences, but that doesn't really percolate up to the level of consciousness until I meet an Indian-American with whom I try to make conversation until there is no conversation to be made. (He thinks Shahrukh Khan is a good actor. Also, all the Indian-Americans he meets are "fresh off the boat" or wannabe gangstas.)

Today I'll be visiting the new Cody's in San Francisco near the Powell Street BART/Muni station. I hear one of the employees there is a short Indian female, looks a great deal like me, and in fact complained in Seth's presence about the difficulty of getting a short haircut. Maybe I'm about to meet my doppelganger.