Alton Brown: “You can’t effectively educate without entertaining”


“I do believe—and this is my mantra—that you can’t effectively educate without entertaining. I often say that I have the high school transcripts to prove it. I barely made it out of high school. I did. Because nothing made a bit of sense. I have to have connection.

The greatest, unexpected joy for me about making Good Eats is—and this is going to sound terrible—but it’s made me smart. Because I used to be, “Well, there’s physics [indicates a section of the table] and there’s biology and there’s chemistry over there and I don’t know what the hell that’s about, and over here’s this.” And through food, I’ve come to understand something of each of those through their connectivity, by connecting them. By connecting the dots between anatomy and chemistry and history and anthropology, I’ve come to appreciate all of that and understand something of all of that.”

— Alton Brown, interview with


Robert Frost: “It begins in delight and ends in wisdom”


“The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom. The figure is the same as for love. No one can really hold that the ecstasy should be static and stand still in one place.
It begins in delight, it inclines to the impulse, it assumes direction with the first line laid down, it runs a course of lucky event, and ends in a clarification of life — not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion. It has denouement.”

— Robert Frost

James Roberts: “Maybe it’s just the coffee”


“I’m afraid I live and breathe the horrific stereotype of the writer camped at a table in the corner of the coffee shop, hunched over his notebook, inches away from a giant neon arrow and sign that that says, ‘Behold His Creativity’.
Why the coffee shop works for me I don’t know, although I have read articles putting forward theories about how certain levels of ambient noise are conducive to creative thinking, so who knows. Maybe it’s just the coffee.”


— James Roberts, on his writing process

Rainer Maria Rilke: “Only someone who is ready for everything”


“It is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed: it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope. But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatical will live the relation to another as something alive.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke