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“I was inspired [to write] this book because there are so many fake books out there about my life, and there are so many other people who are writing about my life, and a lot of it is not true.” —Justin Bieber on why the time is right for him to release an autobiography [MTV]

Sesame Street taught children how to read, we taught children how to bang pots and pans.” —John Paragon, who is again portraying Jambi the Genie in the Broadway production of the Pee-wee Herman Show [NYT]

“Out of pure Jewish guilt” —Judd Apatow on why he hosted a benefit for 826LA, a Los Angeles tutoring center [LAT]

“When I was a little kid, for a little longer than was reasonable, I thought it was possible that I was the Messiah. But I’m not the only person who thought they were the Messiah. I’m not in the minority when it comes to young Jewish boys, especially in America. It’s part of our culture. You have people telling you, ‘You’re the smartest and the handsomest!’” —Adam Levin, author of the 1,000 page novel, The Instructions [Speakeasy/WSJ]

“My grandmother always came to my shows. She was always concerned about the way I dressed — even later on, when I was well known and I supported her. I recall going to her house, and she went to her closet and she came out with a Manila envelope and there was $700 in there.” —Al Pacino [NYT]

“Had I heard Kanye and Jay, I would have punked out. I wouldn’t turn it down but I think I would have limited my creativity.” —Nicki Minaj on her verse on the Kanye West track “Monster” [MTV]

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