- "When your mama was the geek, my dreamlets,' Papa would say, "she made the nipping off of noggins such a crystal mystery that the hens themselves yearned for her, waltzing around her, hypnotized with longing. 'Spread your lips, sweet Lil,' they'd cluck, 'and show us your choppers!'"Geek Love, p 3.
- The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult
"It’s like a strange little club – those of us who have read the book. It’s a bit of a litmus test. If someone says, “I loved Geek Love” … I am immediately drawn to that person, like a moth to the flame … who are you, it says something about you that THAT would be your favorite …"from The Sheila Variations.
"'It was in Oregon, up in Portland, which they call the Rose City... You could see for miles from up there. And there was a big rose garden with arbors and trellises and fountains... "
...The roses started him thinking, how the oddity of them was beautiful and how that oddity contrived to give them value. "It just struck me - clear and complete all at once - no long figuring about it." He realized that children could be designed. "And I thought to myself, now that would be a rose garden worthy of a man's interest."
Geek Love, p 9-10.
- "Everyone in Portland is living a minimum of three lives," says Katherine Dunn... "Everyone has at least three identities."Quoted by Chuck Palahniuk in Fugitives and Refugees: a Walk in Portland, Oregon.Katherine Dunn: Novelist, Voice-Artist... Boxer?