"If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?"
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Joyce Carol Oates on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Joyce Carol Oates on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Joyce Carol Oates on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Joyce Carol Oates on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Joyce Carol Oates on Benjamin Franklin
"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."
"To be Jewish is to be specifically identified with a history. And if you're not aware of that when you're a child, the whole tradition is lost."