Mighty Life List
Mar 19 2008

Voices That Matter Interview

At SxSW, I did an interview with Michael Nolan. He works with Peachpit, the publishing house that produced No One Cares What You Had for Lunch.

I hadn’t slept in three days, so I was too exhausted to assume my Rich and Throaty Media Voice. Click through to hear the valley-girl lilt that persists into my thirties. For some reason, I always thought that one day I’d just awaken sounding like Maya Angelou. You want world peace, I want the voice of an 80-year-old black woman. We all have our dreams.

Anyway, here you go:

Maggie Mason, Part I
Maggie Mason, Part II

36 Responses to “Voices That Matter Interview”

  • Heidi Says:

    I have the same “California Girl” voice. Everytime I hear myself I wonder who that 5 year old girl is. It’s strange.

  • Ashley B. Says:

    Hi! I don’t comment much, but I had to tell you that in my head you have a very sophisticated, cultured voice. Hadn’t realized it until this post, but there ya go!

  • Bertha Says:

    That is like, the perfect red lipstick.

  • Sommar Says:

    Aha, that makes sense. My mom has an antiques store so I spent many an hour at yard sales and shops as well.

    You sound great!

  • Emily Says:

    Your headband is awesome! Where did you get it? WANT!

  • Angie Says:

    I agree about that headband. Where did you get it? Also, your voice is very charming as it is. You really can’t tell that you hadn’t slept in 3 days.

  • Kate Says:

    Goodness. This is almost as shocking as the time we found out Dooce pronounce the word ”crayon” as “crown.” Love the headband, and I agree your voice is charming and unexpected.

  • Jen Says:

    Maggie, you are Heather Armstrong are such inspirations w/ your blogs. I love your voice. You’re one of those people who I see and think, “how fun would it be to hang with her?” You, and Jenna Fischer. ;) She blogs about Target and I can totally get behind that.

  • Maggeh Says:

    Headband by H&M.

  • margaret Says:

    If it makes you feel any better, I will read all your posts from now on in the voice of an 80-year-old black woman. In my head, obviously. Doing that out loud would be silly :P

  • norm Says:

    Chirpy! Your voice seems to suit you, I dunno about the Maya Angelou voice, no matter how cool it may be. :)

  • Andrea Says:

    Dude. I totally have the same high pitched voice. Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s even higher. Combined with my very very youthful looks, most people don’t believe me when I state I’m 25.

    I think my hopes of growing out of it were just dashed to pieces. But knowing that you are in the same boat is comforting.

  • Sara Says:

    I also don’t comment much — but wanted to say your voice in print (and now on video) is so refreshing. I love the list formats lately, especially the “life flashing” moments. I look forward to seeing your next productions! All the best.

  • rubydellson Says:

    Your voice makes you more likable, in my opinion.

  • Heather Says:

    Oddly, neither my husband nor I care which way the toilet paper rolls. I guess we were made for each other.

  • Katherine Says:

    We totally have to go to the mall later and meet up at Orange Julius!

  • Katherine Says:

    Also, the interview was rad! (I do mean that sincerely.)

  • misstraceynolan Says:

    You’re great! Love having a voice to go with the face. Also…wonder if I’m related to Michael Nolan?

  • Erica C. Says:

    You looked great! Very sophisticated and the glasses are killer!

    Wouldn’t change anything about the voice though, I think you sound cool.

  • Lyz Says:

    I too share your desire for a Maya Angelou voice. Since I sound like a 12 year old.

    I did just want to say 2 things 1) I proofread for the company that owns New Architects 2) I do no know how I hang toilet paper. Nor do I care.

    Love the videos and the blog!

  • JeniG Says:

    That is my dream, too. I have the voice of an 11-year-old girl. Ack. Good interview though. And I promise to read your site with Maya Angelou’s voice in my head from now on.

  • Ms. Karen Says:

    You sound EXACTLY like my sister-in-law and I like her voice, it’s lilting and youthful. In fact, you even look a little like her, so, ummm, yeah…

    Excellent interview. I may have to experience SXSW in person one of these years.

  • Rebecca Says:

    “You want world peace, I want the voice of an 80-year-old black woman.”

    Thank you for making me smile today. :-)

  • M Says:

    Hi Maggie – What happened to most of your 2006 and 2007 archives? Did you remove them on purpose or were they lost? Just curious!

  • Michael Nolan Says:

    I think you have a great voice and it was a real pleasure interviewing you. As for Tracy who wonders if she and I are related, it’s possible I suppose. My Nolan ancestors emigrated from Ireland to southern Indiana in the 1830s-40s.

  • Kimberly Says:

    Count me in as another fan of the lipstick. Your voice sounded great although I did laugh aloud at your dream of sounding like Maya Angelou.

  • Shalini Says:

    For some reason, when you said your Mom is an antiques dealer, I heard it as “antiques stealer.” Go Mom!

    And I love the headband, too.

  • To Think Is To Create Says:

    I loved it, and as a long time reader it was really cool to see that you are as charming as I imagined. Thanks for this!

  • Alishia Says:

    That was fun! But, I have no toilet paper opinion and I’ve never understood it. Perhaps I’m lame.

  • Auntie Yolanda Says:

    You look and sound Wonderful, dahlin’

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  • Aimee Greeblemonkey Says:

    Well done you!

  • Meakid Says:

    Looks perfectly straight to me. Of course, I’m also the type of person who allegedly [ahem! allegedly] agree with everything.

  • Joe Says:

    Seems different from your previous posts. Did YOU write this post, or someone else did? Anyway, I think your readers really enjoyed reading it.

  • Jason Says:

    I know dudes who come to internet for fun, just to meet some new people and talk with them. I’m one of those.

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