“There are two things I fear in life – one of them is the ocean and the other is dance.”
– playwright Toa Fraser talks to Radio New Zealand about his commission to film Giselle.
“A third of the shortlisted authors are former heroin addicts, which makes one nostalgic for the days when writers were alcoholics.”
– Sam Leith in Prospect, mentioning the Man Booker shortlist in this Books of the Year review.
“Everyone has a date stamped on their ass and they’re the only one who can’t see it.”
– Departing McDonald’s US President Jan Fields.
“I’m looking for pies.”
– US Vice-President Joe Biden, browsing at a Costco opening.
Overheard shouted at child in buggy in Elephant & Castle shopping centre:
“Serenity, seriously, will you shut the f— up.”
– Tweet from priest and Guardian columnist Giles Fraser.
“No one reported shot, stabbed or slashed in New York City on Monday, police sources say.”
– headline in the New York Daily News.
“When I browse websites for gifts “For Him” I’m mostly just relieved that I’m not married to a man like that.”
– Singer Tracey Thorn on Twitter.
“Can’t decide if hipsters with t-shirts saying ‘Helvetica’ are the revolution’s advance guards, or ideal victims.”
– Tweet from TVNZ’s Tim Wilson.
“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalise on what comes.”
– author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who died on November 28.