‘Leaves of Grass’: Worthy Predecessor to ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’?

Chris Rock, always good for a quippy sound bite.Photo: Getty Images

"He broke the 'rules' of the rhyme schemes of his day, so in that sense he was the first [Ol' Dirty Bastard]." —Chris Rock on Walt Whitman [Vanity Fair]

"I thought people were going to come up and say, 'Your show ain't funny. And you're stupid. And you've got no chin' … But they've been nice. A couple of times, people were like, 'Can I hug you?' Then they stab you with a hypodermic needle." —Jack McBrayer, a.k.a. page Kenneth on 30 Rock, on being recognized on the streets of New York [EW]

"The dog died … I hope it's not because of the kiss." —Actress Asia Argento, on the canine she made out with for the film Go Go Tales [NYT]

"That I am secretly a dentist or that I love soup." —Zach Braff on what he would prefer the tabloids write about him [Zach Braff MySpace blog]

"It was a very insignificant bullet." —Director Werner Herzog, on being shot in the stomach during a BBC interview [LAT]
—Hannah Tucker