William McGuire "Bill" Bryson
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Born: 8 December 1951, Des Moines, Iowa
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- Clearly, some time ago makers and consumers of American junk food passed jointly through some kind of sensibility barrier in the endless quest for new taste sensations. Now they are a little like those desperate junkies who have tried every known drug and are finally reduced to mainlining toilet bowl cleanser in an effort to get still higher. permalink
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America (1989)
- For a long time it puzzled me how something so expensive, so leading edge, could be so useless, and then it occurred to me that a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are, in short, a dangerously perfect match. permalink
"Lost in Cyberland" in Notes from a Big Country (1999), p. 320
- For those of who are baseball fans and agnostics, the Hall of Fame is as close to a religious experience as we may ever get. permalink
"Baseball Hall of Fame" in Great Baseball Stories (1991)
- I had always thought that once you grew up you could do anything you wanted - stay up all night or eat ice cream straight out of the container. permalink
- In three minutes, 98 percent of all the matter there is or will ever be has been produced. We have a universe. It is a place of the most wondrous and gratifying possibility, and beautiful, too. And it was all done in about the time it takes to make a sandwich. permalink
- Language, never forget, is more fashion than science, and matters of usage, spelling, and pronunciation tend to wander around like hemlines. permalink
The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way (1990)
- You can always tell a Midwestern couple in Europe because they will be standing in the middle of a busy intersection looking at a wind-blown map and arguing over which way is west. European cities, with their wandering streets and undisciplined alleys, drive Midwesterners practically insane. permalink
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