Mighty Life List
Jan 27 2015

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is set in a post-epidemic landscape, with 99 percent of the population having been wiped out. My favorite part:

Toward the end of his second decade in the airport, Clark was thinking about how lucky he’d been. Not just the mere fact of survival, which was of course remarkable in and of itself, but to have seen one world end and another begin. And not just to have seen the remembered splendors of the former world, the space shuttles and the electrical grid and the amplified guitars, the computers that could be held in the palm of a hand and the high-speed trains between cities, but to have lived among those wonders for so long. To have dwelt in that spectacular world for fifty-one years of his life. Sometimes he lay awake in Concourse B of the Severn City Airport and thought, “I was there,” and the thought pierced him through with an admixture of sadness and exhilaration.

Reminds me of the Louis CK bit on cell phones and flying.

Aug 27 2012

The Best Parts of Modest Gifts by Norman Mailer

I read this book for you, so that you need not. Allow me to do you this service, as a token of my love. There were the only two things in 263 pages that didn’t anger me in their self-indulgence, and I’m a blogger you guys.

Anyway, here you go:

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Aug 22 2012

Library Portraits Project: Mission Bay

As part of my Life List, I’m photographing all the public libraries in San Francisco.

Library Portraits Project: Mission Bay | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project: Mission Bay | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project: Mission Bay | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project: Mission Bay | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project: Mission Bay | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project: Mission Bay | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project: Mission Bay | Mighty Girl

Right now, the California Library Association is trying to restore $15.2 million in State funding in hopes of preventing the loss of $16 million in Federal funding. I know how much all of us love books, so please take a minute to write a letter or two in support of restoring funding. All the information you need is here. Let’s do this thing.

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Aug 20 2012

The Best Parts of Blue Nights by Joan Didion

The Best Parts of Blue Nights by Joan Didion | Mighty Girl

My favorite parts of Blue Nights, Joan Didion’s memoir on her daughter Quintana’s death.

Do not whine, I write on an index card. Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.

I have watched tears flood the eyes of grown women, loved women, women of talent and accomplishment, for no reason other than that a small child in the room, more often than not an adored niece or newphew, as just described them as “wrinkly,” or asked how old they are.

It was a time of my life during which I actually believed that somewhere between frying the chicken to serve on Sara Mankiewicz’s Minton dinner plates and buying the Porthault parasol to shade the beautiful baby girl in Saigon I had covered the main “motherhood” points.

The very definition of success as a parent has undergone a telling transformation: we used to define success as the ability to encourage the child to grow into independent (which is to say into adult) life, to “raise” the child, to let the child go.

A doctor to whom I occasionally talk suggests that I have made an inadequate adjustment to aging.
Wrong, I want to say.
In fact I have made no adjustment whatsoever to aging.

My mother’s name was already on the marble wall at St. John the Divine.
John’s name was already on it.
There had been two spaces remaining, the names not yet engraved.
Now there was one.

Vocabulary
baffle (n.) Something that balks, checks, or deflects.

Aug 15 2012

Mighty Happy Giveaway Winners

Mighty Happy Giveaway Winners | Mighty Girl

Remember the Mighty Happy Giveaway Contest? Where we asked readers to share three things that made them happy for a chance to win a copy of Gretchen Rubin’s book Happier at Home (which hits shelves September 4), plus gift bags from Bliss and Anthropologie?

After smiling, nodding, and tearing up through nearly 800 short lists of your happies, we’ve settled on five winners. (Click on the images to enlarge.)

Three Things That Make You Happy | Mighty Girl

Finding Magnolia (comment #692)

Three Things That Make You Happy | Mighty Girl

Hope (comment #542)

Three Things That Make You Happy | Mighty Girl

Annette (comment #406)

Three Things That Make You Happy | Mighty Girl

Mette (comment #666)

Three Things That Make You Happy | Mighty Girl

Vivian (comment #405)

Big thanks to everyone who entered. The contest is over, but feel free to keep adding your happy things. As one of you guys said, “Thanks for asking about happiness. There are like 500 responses, and I don’t think they are for the prize. It’s nice to have a minute to be thankful. It’s a good sentence to complete.” Truth.

Aug 8 2012

Library Portraits Project: Main Branch

As part of my Life List, I’m photographing all the public libraries in San Francisco.

Library Portraits Project: Main Branch | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project: Main Branch | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project: Main Branch | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project Main Branch | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project: Main Branch | Mighty Girl
San Francisco is your home.

Library Portraits Project: Main Branch | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project: Main Branch | Mighty Girl
Dashiell Hammet‘s typewriter.

Library Portraits Project: Main Branch | Mighty Girl

Library Portraits Project: Main Branch | Mighty Girl
Bust of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California.

Hello, fellow book lovers. Right now, the California Library Association is trying to restore $15.2 million in State funding in hopes of preventing the loss of $16 million in Federal funding. Please take a minute to write a letter or two in support of restoring funding. All the information you need is here, so go get yourself a pen.

If you liked this post, you might also like:

Library Portraits Project: Potrero Branch
Library Portraits Project: Golden Gate Valley Branch
Library Images from Around the World
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The Best Parts of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Jul 31 2012

Books + Bathing Suits

Matchbook by Kate Imbach matches book covers to bathing suits. My joy over this is so frenzied that it almost circles back around to fury.

Matchbook: Crime and Punishment + Bikini | Mighty Girl

Matchbook: About a Mountain | Mighty Girl

Matchbook: Infinite Jest + Bikini | Mighty Girl