He continued, “What no one seems able to understand is why some narratives are chosen, and others aren’t.”
— Alexander Burns, "Pete Buttigieg’s Focus: Storytelling First. Policy Details Later," The New York Times
Kennan's Foreign Service colleagues suspected him, one of them recalled, of using his illnesses to get out of boring jobs and back in the center of things. Certainly he did not stop working—he simply shifted the nature of it.
— John Lewis Gaddis, George F. Kennan: An American Life
It’s possible that some biological change was to blame. But Dr. Basner noted that Mr. Kelly also faced a lot of demands back on Earth, including a busy schedule of television interviews and public speaking.
And on an unconscious level, he may no longer have been pushing himself. “I mean, he basically retired the moment he hit the ground, and so perhaps he just wasn’t as motivated any longer,” Dr. Basner said.
— Carl Zimmer, "Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same," The New York Times
So conspicuously in love with one another.
— Sid
The key to the greatness of novelists, though, had always been their limitations: "They knew one thing—one country, at most—and were saturated with it."
— John Lewis Gaddis, George F. Kennan: An American Life
It’s probably the understatement of all time, but I have not rushed these books. They’ve taken the amount of time that’s necessary to show what I wanted to show. What would be the point of the books if I didn’t do them properly?
— Robert Caro, "Robert A. Caro on the means and ends of power," The New York Times Magazine
I was going to ask if you and Lily remember when he was like this as a kid, but I'm a little off on the geography.
— Sid on Ken
He's like an architect but instead of bricks he uses knick-knacks.
— Lily riffing, "mapping," on Wikipedia entry "Mark Manders is a Dutch artist. At first, he studied graphic design until age eighteen. He changed his mind and decided to be a writer but with objects instead of words."
We just go to eat and then walk around the Walmart.
— Cory, "Dega Don’t," Queer Eye
Feeling that the perception was as important as the reality.
— A. Scott Berg, Lindbergh
Is it still the art?
— Richard Minsky on Dieter Roth's cheese not being allowed to mold and rot in collections. Is it still his art or is it now the curators. He also commented on how the pieces were meant to degrade over a lifespan. Paraphrasing: "maybe they should have frozen him along with the work."
But the ferry is only a nickel.
— Joe Rogan paraphrasing Terence Mckenna, "Joe Rogan Experience #1276 - Ben Shapiro"
Book of business.
— Nick
I remember the winter how cold it got
I could never get warm wherever I was
but I don't remember the summer heat like that
— W.S. Merwin "Remembering Summer," MTA Poetry in Motion poster
This moment could be the only moment over the last 100 years or the next 100 years, when it's appropriate for somebody like me to be in this conversation.
— Pete Buttigieg on FOX News Sunday on a Facebook ad
Raise your hand if ninjas are your favorite thing.
— Random throwaway line Ben Stiller's character's kid says over FaceTime, The Meyerowitz Stories
It's great to see you both, it's my last day.
— Parm waiter Colin C.
— Andrew
John Samuelsen, whose name is misspelled on his badge.
— J. David Goodman, "A Secretive Dinner Where $25,000 Buys Access to Cuomo (and Filet Mignon)," The New York Times
John Lindsay had been the tallest mayor of New York City, measuring 6-foot-4, until Mr. de Blasio took office.
— Jeffery C. Mays, "Brooklyn Wins Bragging Rights to the World’s Tallest Politician," The New York Times