"36. Pushing the multimegatonn jumbo jet of human thought-style backward a few inches, back in the direction of dream logic, might be the Internet’s greatest accomplishment. The best is yet to be."
— David Gelernter - Time to Start Taking the Internet Seriously
"A true story, not a joke, though it was repeated as often, tug boated relentlessly, was of the beat cop from Court Street who routinely dislodged clumps of teenagers clustered at night on stoops or in front of bars and who, if met with excuses, would cut them off with “Yeah, yeah. Tell your story WALKING.” More than anything, this somehow encapsulated my sense of Minna—his impatience, his pleasure in compression, in ordinary things made more expressive, more hilarious or vivid by their conflation. He loved talk but despised explanations. An endearment was flat unless folded into an insult. An insult was better if it was also self-deprecation, and ideally should also serve as a slice of street philosophy, or as resumption of some dormant debate. And all talk was finer on the fly, out on the pavement between beats of action: We learned to tell our story walking."
— Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem