"To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. 'Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?'" — Humorist David Sedaris on supposedly 'undecided' voters. [The New Yorker via Cynical C] "You really have to work hard to violate Governor Palin's standards on negative campaigning." — Barack Obama talking about McCain's automated phone calls. [23/6] "I will not be commenting on her divorce as that is a private matter between her and Guy Ritchie and would consider any commentary on my part dishonorable and disrespectful." — Madonna's brother Christopher, who recently 'wrote' a tell-all book about the pop star and blamed her marriage to Guy for the siblings' falling out. [Showbiz Spy] “She never spoke of the rigors and privations of aid work in Kandahar, one of the most difficult places for a young woman to work in the world, but she kept a smile on her face and always had a good humored chuckle at the difficulties she must have endured." — Aid organization Serve Afghanistan about Gayle Williams, a 34-year-old British woman who was shot and killed in Kandahar while at work this morning. [NYT] "Tonight, for a few innings, it felt like it was gonna carry over." — Sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy reacting to last night's Red Sox loss to the Rays in the 7th game of the ALCS. [Boston Globe]