Emily St. John Mandel

St. John's my middle name. The books go under M.

Jul 30

The days when I worry that Internet slang is moving faster than my ability to keep up with it. “I can’t even,” people say, on Twitter. (It is probably a sign of advancing age that my first thought is always “what? you can’t even what?” before I remember that “I can’t even” actually is a complete sentence in 2014.) 

In extreme cases: “I’ve lost the ability to even.”

"I’m going to take a nap," Twitter people announce. Okay, I think, sounds good. I’m in favour of naps. "I am going to nap so hard," they say, at other moments. Okay, sure, still with you. But then last week someone said this: "I am going to take a nap. WITH MY WHOLE FACE."


Jul 25

A cri de couer from the sender of the previously-posted email, writing from her day job:

WHY DO PEOPLE KEEP GIVING ME RECEIPTS I NEED TO FIND OUT WHY THE PROPHET’S DOG IS CALLED LULI


The best email I’ve received all week, in its entirety:

I DO NOT WANT TO BE AT WORK I WANT TO FINISH STATION ELEVEN
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO KIRSTEN AND AUGUST
OH MY GOD THE PROPHET IS SO CREEPY
WTF HAPPENED TO THE SYMPHONY WHERE ARE THEY
WHAT ABOUT JEEVAN WHAT HAPPENS TO JEEVAN AND MIRANDA 
HOW DID THE LADY AT THE THEATER GET THE PAPERWEIGHT
OMG THE SCARY AIRPLANE SCAR WHY IS IT AN AIRPLANE WHY DID THE MAN HAVE A SCARY AIRPLANE SCAR FROM THE PROPHET ON HIS FACE

Jul 22

The prettiest corner of the back terrace. I’ve only been at this for a week and shouldn’t speak too soon, but so far the most difficult thing about container gardening is leaving said garden to go into Manhattan for the day. The fragrance of that tall white lily is extraordinary.

The prettiest corner of the back terrace. I’ve only been at this for a week and shouldn’t speak too soon, but so far the most difficult thing about container gardening is leaving said garden to go into Manhattan for the day. The fragrance of that tall white lily is extraordinary.


“All I know is that I love reading books, and when I write I want my books to be like the books I love: solid, thoughtful, cliché-less, and both mindful of the ugliness of the world and also the beauty of being alive.” David Mitchell (via mttbll)

(via mttbll)


Jul 18

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Jul 6

Jun 25
British Columbia: flying over the Strait of Georgia, early afternoon, propeller in sunlight.

British Columbia: flying over the Strait of Georgia, early afternoon, propeller in sunlight.


Jun 23
sunlightcities:

nevver:

Breathing City

Data about people and where they are, visualized

sunlightcities:

nevver:

Breathing City

Data about people and where they are, visualized

(via jennirl)


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