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Kanye Catches 127 Hours Fever

"They’re trying to say, oh, he’s arrogant. What was arrogant about that? That’s completely selfless. That’s like jumping in front of a bullet. I lost an arm. I’m walking around, I’m trying to put my album out with one arm right now. Every time I try to perform a song, everybody’s like, well, what’s up with that missing arm, though?” —Kanye West [ArtsBeat/NYT]

"He was actually predicting something like Lady Gaga, you know, the costumes and all that. He said, 'You should do that,' but I said, 'Well I'm an activist and I'm not going to do that.' I was in a different mood then." —Yoko Ono on how Andy Warhol foresaw Lady Gaga's fashion choices [NYP]

"We took a studio bus on tour and, after every show, we'd sit in an empty car park until 5am and record ... Some of the car parks reeked of piss. One I'll remember until the day I die. It smelt like truckers had been peeing there for ever. I had to run between buses holding my breath." —Rihanna, on recording her new album [Star Magazine UK]

"We're all unique. That's why we all win and we all can exist. People don't want just vanilla. They want 31 flavors. I couldn't do what Rihanna does. I couldn't do what Gaga does. They can't do what I do." —Katy Perry [Harper's Bazaar]

“Sonny and I still aren’t in the [Rock and Roll] Hall of Fame, and it just seems kind of rude. Sonny was a good writer, and we started something that no one else was doing. We were weird hippies before there was a name for it, when the Beatles were wearing sweet little haircuts and round-collared suits … We influenced a generation, and it’s like: What more do you want?” —Cher [VF]

“It’s not rocket science. You’re not going to go home and figure out the angst of your life. That’s not what it is — it’s pure unadulterated fun.” —Whoopi Goldberg, on the new Broadway show she is producing, Sister Act [ArtsBeat/NYT]

"Well, gay guys know how to craft, and they craft really well. Straight guys, forget it. When there are straight guys in your craft club, you’re like “fuck.” ... Chinese lesbians are really good. And as far as anyone crafting, you know, it depends what you think of crafting. If you take an uncooked baked potato and you take a drill and you drill holes in it and stick pencils in there, you got a pencil holder. And anyone can do that, really." —Amy Sedaris, author of Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People [AV Club]

“Getting in is easy, getting out is hard. It took me a while and I don’t recommend it." —Keith Richards on drug use [VF]

Photo: Patrick McMullan