Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

01 May 2007, 7:34 a.m.

Unused Premises

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2007 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

Yesterday was the first or second time I heard about the Ryan North anthology project, so I mildly thought about writing and submitting something but decided to watch Bananas with Leonard (talk about madcap) and study a bit instead. I had two premises: that parents-to-be would test their fetuses and selectively abort those whose deaths sounded unpleasant or early, and that a political scientist would find some human symbol of the US, e.g. the Statue of Liberty, to test in hopes of learning how the US would "die."