Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


09 Mar 2015, 20:13 p.m.

Words About Words About Words

I'm most of the way through Beloved by Toni Morrison -- my thanks to Debbie Notkin for causing me to take a deep breath and open it again. Reading it now, I'm grateful for all …

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02 Mar 2015, 14:09 p.m.

Some Books I've Read In The Last Year

I have read many, many books since I last rounded them up. I may start using LibraryThing or similar to track and recommend things since I demonstrably don't blog about the books often enough to …

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24 Feb 2015, 9:37 a.m.

Revisiting "Dave Barry In Cyberspace" (1996)

I have been rereading Dave Barry's Dave Barry In Cyberspace (published in 1996), which has held up about as well as Neal Stephenson's In The Beginning Was The Command Line (1999). On the software you'll …

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14 Feb 2015, 18:47 p.m.

Internet Things I Am Appreciating

Here are a bunch of interesting links. My pal Brendan wrote an appreciation of my old MC Masala newspaper column and I am totally still basking in it. Yes Brendan you totally were and are …

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28 Jan 2015, 22:27 p.m.

It's On My Mind

So a few years ago, a friend of mine was at a party, and one of the people at that party was a laconic fella, a new boyfriend who hadn't met this group before. Eventually …

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21 Jan 2015, 16:14 p.m.

"Trade Me" and Courtney Milan

Today I snarfled up Trade Me, a new contemporary romance novel by Courtney Milan. It stars a Chinese-American woman studying computer science at UC Berkeley. It's about class and classism, deconstructing the Prince Charming/billionaire trope …

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11 Jan 2015, 9:30 a.m.

Ruthanna Emrys, A Writer I Like

Are you reading the fantasy or science fiction of Ruthanna Emrys? I recommend it. I found out via Ada Palmer's glowing review about "The Litany of Earth". This is your way into Emrys's work if …

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26 Dec 2014, 22:42 p.m.

Yuletide Recommendations

Every year the Yuletide fanfic exchange delivers a bounty of fun and goodness, and enables me to refuel my participation in fandom. (Last night at the Hacker School holiday potluck (I brought beet juice), I …

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13 Oct 2014, 8:56 a.m.

Lee Iacocca and Malcolm X

I read Malcolm X's autobiography at about twelve and Lee Iacocca's autobiography at around eight. (You know how it is with childhood; you read what's around you.) This past weekend I dipped back into the …

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11 Oct 2014, 10:58 a.m.

Recent Reading Responses

Data & Society (which I persist in thinking of as "that New York City think tank that danah boyd is in" in case you want a glimpse of the social graph inside my head) has …

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