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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]

Kanye Catches 127 Hours Fever