"We don't really go in for big family dinners, but Scottish people are famously confrontational. It's a cultural thing, so maybe we don't need to have them to clear the air. Also, traditional family food isn't as nice here so there's no payoff for traveling hundreds of miles."
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Denise Mina on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Denise Mina on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Denise Mina on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Denise Mina on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Denise Mina on Benjamin Franklin
"Even if people do wrong, we're social animals, so what can we do about stopping them doing the same things in future? Saying people are 'bad' or 'evil' is just an unwillingness to engage an unwillingness to try to empathise. That sanctimonious attitude doesn't help anyone."
"In the 'Garnethill' trilogy, people always forget that Maureen O'Donnell's dad was a journalist and she did art history at uni and her brother did law, but no-one ever thinks they're middle-class - they're just working class because they speak with accents."
"Comics don't work if the story is all in the text and the images are illustrative. It's hard to have enough faith in the artists to allow them to do their job."
"I love Mikhail Bulgakov. He is very original and takes the story to unexpected places. I didn't realise political writing could be so funny."
"I was very aware of office politics because I was so baffled by them. So much so goes unsaid. No one says 'you're a cheeky so-and-so,' no one says 'you're so moody,' nobody ever confronts anyone else about anything. But I'm very crass, and I'm very confrontational, and I have a temper. I had to be hyper-vigilant in every office I worked in."
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