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In Quotes: Cheez Whiz, Subprime-Mortgage Martinis, and a Big Year for Darwin

 by Julie Hanus

Tags: Great Writing, In Quotes, Alberta Views, Miller-McCune, Mothering, Philosophy Now, Cheez Whiz, think tanks, recession, fashion, Darwin,

cheez whiz: not unlike the modern think tank.“Like Cheez Whiz and the atom bomb, modern think tanks are a distinctly U.S. invention that has spread all over the world.”

—Jeff Gailus, “Mind Games,” from Alberta Views (not available online)


“The country’s run itself down, drinking too many subprime-mortgage martinis and smoking too many credit-default-swap cigarettes; having ignored clear signs its lifestyle was out of control, the nation’s caught a raging, recessionary cold that just might turn into the dangerous flu-monia of economic depression.”

—John Mecklin, “Work Out Plan,” from Miller-McCune


“Every morning, I throw on one of my many pairs of faded jeans, a shirt bearing the image of a radical band or en electric guitar, and a Superman watch with silver bullets on the wristband. . . . The fact that I’m almost three bucks over 30 and a long-married mother of two kids makes my fashion sense all the more creepy.”

—Hope Gatto, “Rocker Mama,” from Mothering (not available online)


“This would have been a big year for Darwin, if he had been fit enough to survive this long.”

—Grant Bartley, “God or Nature?” from Philosophy Now


Sources: Alberta Views, Miller-McCune, Mothering, Philosophy Now

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