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Dispatches Quotables


“It was like somebody was beating me like a piñata.”

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on his COVID-19 symptoms. 

“The wing business is totally in the gutter.”

Stan Neva, owner of the Northwest Meat Co. in Chicago, which supplies meat to restaurants, hotels, and clubs, on not being able to sell chicken wings. Suppliers had stocked up for the since-canceled NCAA Tournament, and that stockpile, along with the closing of restaurants, has left the industry with an overabundance of unsold chicken wings. 

“We don’t know if we will get this virus, but what I do know is that we get hungry three times a day.”

Shakila Asghar, who works in a towel factory in Karachi, Pakistan. She and others in the factory continue to work during the COVID-19 pandemic because they cannot afford food unless they do so. 

“You know that Billy Joel line, ‘Hot funk, cool punk, even if it’s old junk, it’s still rock & roll to me’? I’m happy to represent the old-junk category.”

Singer-songwriter Bill Withers at his 2015 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Withers died at age 81 on March 30. 

“We’re seeing increased sales in tops but not bottoms.”

Dan Bartle, executive vice president of Walmart, on sales reflecting the importance of video conferencing—in which people are seen only from the waist up—during the coronavirus pandemic.