— "The valley could yield 10 billion barrels [of oil], enough to supply Kenya for 3 centuries or the US for 18 months."

— “I suppose the appeal lies in its very simplicity. It needs no money, no equipment, and in a world of increasingly complex technology, it stands out as a naïve statement about our nature."

— "This is the battle of the plastic clip vs. the twist-tie."

— "But because this is Clarksdale, a haunted town with an unclean past, and because McMillian was black, gay, running for office, and cut down in his prime, the speculation has run wild and fierce."