Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


25 Sep 2014, 11:09 a.m.

On Status

From Susan McCarthy, specifically from her great book Becoming a Tiger: How Baby Animals Learn to Live in the Wild. Animals learn about individuals through play. If little coyotes cheat, the other pups won't play …

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16 Aug 2014, 22:24 p.m.

Choosing to Leave, Stay, or Listen

I've recently been thinking about the power not to care -- the power to dismiss, to decide that someone else's opinion doesn't matter to you, and act accordingly, to act entitled. I've been thinking about …

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13 Aug 2014, 10:20 a.m.

A Failure In Fluff Recommendation

A friend mentioned that she's particularly interested in reading fluffy fiction novels authored by people who are not white men -- comfort fic, and (in her case in particular) preferably not mystery or romance. (And …

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07 Aug 2014, 13:36 p.m.

Ways To Be

I just reread Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle, the classic lesbian coming-of-age novel that screams from page 1 and never forgets the intersections of class, gender, and sexuality. I just reread the bit where Molly …

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06 Aug 2014, 9:40 a.m.

Five Books For: John

I recently got to catch up with my brother-in-law-in-law John and we talked about books a bit, and I started thinking about books I would recommend to him. John, my apologies if you've already read …

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03 Aug 2014, 15:06 p.m.

Younger Sumana As Media Consumer

A few memories. First. One morning in May 2001, I looked through my apartment, gathered together a bunch of items into plastic bags, and walked a few blocks to a man's apartment. I broke up …

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06 Jul 2014, 11:23 a.m.

A Brief Foray Into Amateur Litcrit

Some things I like in fiction: closely observed characters going through uncomfortable changes in life and identity (China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh is great at this; also see "Tomorrow Is Waiting" by Holli Mintzer) …

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20 May 2014, 0:17 a.m.

My Real Children

A few months ago I got to read an advance copy of My Real Children, the new book by Jo Walton. It goes on sale today in North America, and if your reading tastes mirror …

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22 Apr 2014, 22:12 p.m.

Necessary Dreams - Content and Cover

My household has donated a few books to the Hacker School library. RESTful Web APIs - easy. I also donated four interrelated books: Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing Women Don't Ask: The High Cost …

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09 Apr 2014, 0:29 a.m.

Some Short Reading

American Scientist is the good stuff. Accessible prose but not condescending, and covering a variety of biological, mathematical, physical, and social sciences. "Programming Your Quantum Computer", "The Toxicity of Recreational Drugs", and "Empirical Software Engineering" …

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