"Boxing has become America's tragic theater."
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."Joyce Carol Oates on Michael Jordan
"It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."Joyce Carol Oates on Mark Twain
"Golf is a good walk spoiled."Joyce Carol Oates on Mark Twain
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."Joyce Carol Oates on Hunter S. Thompson
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."Joyce Carol Oates on Henry David Thoreau
"Probably nothing serious or worthwhile can be accomplished without one's willingness to be alone for sustained periods of time, which is not to say that one must live alone, obsessively."
"If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space."
"Anyone who teaches knows that you don't really experience a text until you've taught it, in loving detail, with an intelligent and responsive class."
"Yes, I've listened to just a few audiobooks - but hope to listen to more. I've wanted to investigate how my own books sound in this format and find the experience of listening, and not reading, quite fascinating."
"If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?"