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“Saying that you spend Christmas alone is, to most middle-class Americans, akin to confessing a terminal illness.”
“Vacation reading is not a new concept. Ever since the 19th centery, when novels were considered relatively sinful indulgences, leisure and fiction-reading have been closely associated.”
“After living in the United States for over 10 years, here is what I have learned about the Fourth of July: it is more of a barbecuing holiday than anything else.”
Michelle Dean, Canadian journalist, critic