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These were people who remembered the weight of the cotton sack, people with grease under their fingernails that no amount of Octagon soap would ever scrub away, people who built redwood decks on their mobile homes and have no idea that smart-aleck Yankees think that is somehow funny. People of the pines. My people.


Rick Bragg

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Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman she meets and then teams up w...
RICK POLITO
Humor was a good way to hide the pain.
RICK RIORDAN
Maybe we should shut Wall Street down for 24 hours, see how everybody who blames Wall Street for eve...
RICK SANTELLI
I love that we are bringing the flavors of Frontera to Los Angeles. I think we can only add to the b...
RICK BAYLESS
You can love the good in us and hate the bad but the bad is in us too. Without it we wouldn't be us.
RICK YANCEY
Save yourselves!” Percy warned. “It is too late for us!”
Then he gasped and pointed to th...
RICK RIORDAN
Delaying death is one of my favorite hobbies
RICK RIORDAN
I try not to think. It interferes with being nuts -Leo Valdez
RICK RIORDAN
Annabeth:My fatal flaw. That's what the Sirens showed me. My fatal flaw is hubris.
Percy: the ...
RICK RIORDAN
Jason scratched his head. "You named him Festus? You know that in Latin, ‘festus’ means ‘happy...
RICK RIORDAN
I don't read many popular histories like the ones I write. The building blocks for my research a...
RICK PERLSTEIN
I'd had years of practise looking dumb when people threw out Greek names I didn't know. It's a skill...
RICK RIORDAN
Braccas meas vescimini!"
I wasn't sure where the Latin came from. I think it meant 'Eat ...
RICK RIORDAN
You're never perfectly safe. No human being on Earth ever is or ever was. To live is to risk your li...
RICK YANCEY
Football is only once a week. NASCAR is once a week. Those sports are insanely popular. Horse racing...
RICK PITINO
I go back and research, say, every reference to the Gorgons, and I find what the classical writers s...
RICK RIORDAN
Human beings are remarkably resilient. When you think about it, our species has been teetering upon ...
RICK YANCEY
He looked like an evil male model, showing off what the fashionable college-age villain was wearing ...
RICK RIORDAN
Where's the glory in repeating what others have done?
RICK RIORDAN
Hazel had promised to visit again with Arion. The mermaids had written their phone numbers in waterp...
RICK RIORDAN
When they ran up to him, Percy said, 'Hey,' like they were just meeting for lunch or something.
RICK RIORDAN
What did he say?" Hazel asked.
"With the cussing removed? He said he can get us to the top," Pe...
RICK RIORDAN
You guys are so... dark. Even if I used flash, I'm not sure it would come out."

"Y-yeah,"...
RICK RIORDAN
He scowled at Jason. "And please, I don't like being touched. Don't ever grab me again.
RICK RIORDAN
Really? That would be a first. I'm the son of Hades, Jason. I might as well be covered in blo...
RICK RIORDAN
Very slowly, using only two fingers, Annabeth drew her dagger. Instead of dropping it, she tossed it...
RICK RIORDAN
There are some things that I like, like education, wine, and I'd like to be a good cook, althoug...
RICK WAGONER
It is up to us, to this present generation of Americans, to take a stand for freedom, to send a mess...
RICK PERRY
Don't worry, goat boy. The milkman is dead.
RICK RIORDAN
They were afraid the longer we pretended to be human, the more human we would become.”
“And...
RICK YANCEY
The sea does not like to be restrained.
RICK RIORDAN
We don't always agree on stuff, but when it's time to blow the whistle and start the game, w...
RICK WAGONER
You can’t burn me.
RICK RIORDAN
Okay," I said. "Just a normal afternoon and two normal people."
She nodded. "And so...hypotheti...
RICK RIORDAN
It was a gut-wrenching game. The way West Virginia fought to the end, I'd like to congratulate them ...
RICK BARNES
Coastal Texans should not wait until late Thursday or early Friday to leave. Homes and businesses ca...
RICK PERRY
Knowledge isn't the issue, it's what you think you know that's not the truth.
RICK PRICE
You can't have rock and roll without drugs, you can't have rock and roll without sex.
RICK JAMES
Let me just tell you, it's a kick in the pants.
RICK SEARFOSS
It started with the defense,
RICK ADAMS
The addition of Jessica and Angie, along with the promotion of Doug Price, completes a strong, energ...
RICK ADAMS
We figure if we are going to have a holiday tournament, we need to make it a large one. With our fac...
RICK ABBOTT
The kids get excited about wrestling in their own gym.
RICK ABBOTT
We've proven that we can go out on tour and play a hits package for years to come. But we don't want...
RICK ALLEN