"Buying a car used to be an experience so soul-scorching, so confidence-splattering, so existentially rattling that an entire car company was based on the promise that you wouldn't have to come in contact with it."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Susan Orlean on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Susan Orlean on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Susan Orlean on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Susan Orlean on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Susan Orlean on Mark Twain
"I once had a boyfriend who couldn't write unless he was wearing a necktie and a dress shirt, which I thought was really weird, because this was a long time ago, and no one I knew ever wore dress shirts, let alone neckties it was like he was a grown-up reenacter or something."
"One of my favorite activities as a teen-ager was to watch television over the phone with my best friend."
"My ace in the hole as a human being used to be my capacity for remembering birthdays. I worked at it. Whenever I made a new friend, I made a point of finding out his or her birthday early on, and I would record it in my Filofax calendar."
"I want a chainsaw very badly, because I think cutting down a tree would be unbelievably satisfying. I have asked for a chainsaw for my birthday, but I think I'll probably be given jewelry instead."
"I want to let my friend Buster know that I would like to have dinner with him tonight. Does Buster work at home? Then how likely is he to have his cell phone on? Is he one of those people who only turns on his cell when he's in his car? I hate that."