Amir Cohen / Reuters
Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

“Whether it's foster care or running a county jail, the offender or the child, they've got to feel that you care about them,” —Michael Ashe Jr., a sheriff and former social worker.

“Reading Suck was like finding an eye rolling teenager with a Lit Theory degree at an IPO party and smoking clove cigarettes with him until you vomited all over your shoes. And working at Suck was like working for that teenager,”Heather Havrilesky, a former employee of the 1990s webzine Suck.

“I keep thinking I see him blink,” —a cook, on the dead iguana on the table at a gala dinner of the Explorers Club.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)