Quoted: The Appearances Edition

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

“It could be orange elephants who became literate, for all we know,” Bruce Schneier, a computer security researcher, on the hackers behind a major internet outage.

“Everyone’s always on some sort of diet. Everyone’s beautiful. The physical piece of it can get surprisingly exhausting,” Annie Truex, an actress in L.A., on the audition process.

“Singles are smarter than people think,” Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist, on why online dating won’t change love.

“We will have a gender gap the size of the Grand Canyon,” Whit Ayers, a Republican pollster, on the 2016 election results.

“Jeez Louise! This is kind of scary,” —an Atlantic reader, on how consumers are surveilled online and in stores.

“I mean, if you had no flesh on your face, you probably wouldn’t be adorable either.” Melissa Wilson Sayres, who studies Gila-monster genetics, on the skull of one of the reptiles, which she also describes as “lovable” and “chill.”