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The Best Of What Was Said In PAPER and PAPERMAG All Year

"In 10,000 hours, they say you can master anything. 10,000 hours in Disneyland and you're the queen of Disney." -- Vanessa Hudgens on spending many days during childhood at Disney Land. From "Breaking Bad: Former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens gets wild in Harmony Korine's new film, Spring Breakers"

 "I was also a bit of a maniac at that stage in my life. The first year I worked there when I was about 21-years-old, we all got drunk after work and I got a full-body massage in olive oil on the big community table."
-- Meatball Shop Co-Owner Michael Chernow on his days working at East Village Italian standby Frank. From "Chefs Off Duty: The Meatball Shop Guys Talk Late Night Bites and Olive Oil Massages"

"I wish that when I was in my twenties I wasn't always so worried about how I looked, how I measured up compared to other women my age or whether my clothes were good enough. As soon as I got the courage to really go my own way -- and it did take a while -- the happier I became. Oh, and I wish I had started writing professionally a whole lot earlier than I did."

-- Lynn Yaeger on gaining confidence with age. From "It Gets Better: Our Favorite Ladies Share Their Twentysomething Mistakes."

"We have very few bad customers. Some who haven't come in before have a chip on their shoulder, think they can take it out on the counterman. With Grandpa Russ, if a lady looked at him wrong he'd say, 'Lady, do me a favor. Lose my address.' The three Russ daughters were better at charming people."
-- Mark Russ Federman on "bad customers" versus "good customers" at Russ & Daughters. From "Mark Russ Federman on His New Russ & Daughters Memoir."

"I don't understand. Everyone seems to want to do the chicken dance in front of me or asks me to do it."

--Portia de Rossi on getting asked to recreate Lindsay Bluth's unforgettable dance moves from Arrested Development. From "Watch This: Portia de Rossi."

"I watch Judge Judy and Jeopardy and I watch Turner Classic Movies and QVC and HSN. That's it."

-- RuPaul on his TV-watching habits. From "RuPaul On the New Season of Drag Race"

"It was [Miuccia] Prada who got rid of the fashion model. It wasn't that she got rid of the black girl. The black girl just started disappearing. She did something that was very editorial. She flipped it. She didn't use models who had famous faces. She whitened it up because she wanted everybody to look alike. So you would not notice the girl, but instead notice the clothes. It caught on and ultimately the fashion model was no longer someone with personality like Linda Evangelista or Naomi. The model became somebody you didn't know who just walked down straight to the end of the runway and back. Once you don't want anyone to stand out, then you have to take out the people who stand out."
-- Bethann Hardison on the lack of diversity in fashion today. From "Invisible Beauty: The Legendary Fashion Industry Guru Bethann Hardison Explains Why Models All Look the Same These Days"

jessiecoverquoteunquote.jpg"I used to be all apologetic for being on stage...I'm still nervous but I've changed my act so  I just chat. The shit that comes out of my mouth is just awful...I have to get the drummer to start playing just to shut me up."
-- Jessie Ware on onstage banter. From "Listen Up: British Songstress Jessie Ware Is About to Take Over the American Airwaves With Her Sexy Soul Tunes."

"Harvey called me on the phone. He said, 'What are you doing'?' I said, 'Nuthin.'"

-- Cyndi Lauper on teaming up with Harvey Fierstein on Kinky Boots. From "Bootylicious"

"It's honestly gotten too violent for my taste. The straight-edge kids, who are literally throwing punches in the pit -- it's too much for me. It's like, 'My mom comes to these shows, dammit!'"
-- Barren Girls' Carla Wolff on playing shows in their hometown of Raleigh, NC. From "Barren Necessities."

"More is more, bad taste is the best taste, and there is no gender."
-- BCALLA designer Bradley Callahan on the essence of his clothing line. From "Meet Rising Bushwick Designer BCALLA." 

"I'm dying to have sex with Lena Dunham on camera."
-- Bobby Cannavale on his obsession with the TV show Girls. Form "Beautiful People: Bobby Cannavale"

"I can tell you my little talking points about this but I should also just tell you that it's all a lie. It's all just a massive lie."
--Director Shane Caruthers' response when asked about writing the script for Upstream Color.

"My emcee name is the Vodka Cran because it's my favorite drink...And after I've had a couple of vodka crans, my rapping gets even better."
-- Pitch Perfect star Anna Camp on freestyling at open mic nights. From "Beautiful People: Anna Camp"

"Coffee is a big love in the category of big love."

--David Lynch on his love for coffee and Chinese chicken salad. From "David Lynch on his Le Grand Fooding Soundtrack and Chinese Chicken Salad"

lonelyislandquoteunquote.jpg"We discovered YouTube the same way a lot of other people did -- by watching 'Lazy Sunday.'"
-- The Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone on YouTube. From "This Just In: The Lonely Island Guys Have It Their Way On Their Hilarious New Record, Proving Once Again Why They're the Internet's Biggest Stars."

"Around six in the morning we left Culture Box to go to a 'morning rave' at an empty warehouse in the meatpacking district where we met plenty of our friends by accident. The only bad thing I can say about that night is I fell asleep on the train and woke up in Sweden."
Copenhagen student Sebastian Gudmand-Høyer on nights out in his city From "No Sleep til...Copenhagen" 

"Be careful if you make a great slingshot for your hovercraft...My experience with that was what inspired me to get health insurance."

--3-D Printing Innovator Bre Pettis on the hidden dangers of 3-D printing. From: "Bre Pettis: The Innovator"

"Any time I post something that gets attention, I just assume that I've somehow tricked people into liking it."
-- Artist Lacey Micallef on her Tumblr's success. From "Lacey Micallef: The GIF Giver"

"That would be my advice to gay men: once in a while it would be nice to fuck your girlfriends. You know, it would just be a nice gesture."
-- Natasha Lyonne on gay best friends. From "Natasha Lyonne on GBFs, Obsessive Internet TV Watching and Bon Qui Qui

"We wanted to decontextualize what the word means. When you hear 'trill,' it doesn't mean 'Underground Kingz / trill/ South/ sipping lean.' 'Trill' means Internet music."
-- #Been #Trill's Matthew Williams on the meaning behind the art/DJ collective's name. From "#Been #Trill: The Meme Weavers."

"The only logical explanation is that someone in Prince's office has seen it and is looking the other way because it makes working in Prince's office a little easier. Can you imagine working in Prince's office?"
-- Comedian and creator of @PrinceTweets2U Jake Fogelnest on why the parody account hasn't gotten shut down. From "Just Kidding: We Get to Know the People Behind Our Favorite Parody Twitter Accounts."

"I think that celebrities who are savvy about their Internet presence come across as being way more intelligent and cool than they actually are. Being Twitter-savvy is surpassing more traditional skills in the celebrity world, like being beautiful or having talent."
 -- Julie Klausner on Twitter's importance. From "A Way With Words: Author, Podcast Host and Master Tweeter Julie Klausner Has So Much to Say."


"When she first walked into our session I was like, 'I had such a crush on you, bitch!'"
--Miguel on meeting Mariah Carey to work on their track "#Beautiful." From "Keeping It Cool: Miguel Is Making R&B Look -- and Sound -- Damn Good Again." 

"I need people who want to make love again, people who want to slow dance again instead of making those 'ratchet'-type records for the club. [The industry] needs to understand that R&B will never be as quick of a hit as hip-hop is. Rap is urgent. Love takes time."
-- The Dream on bringing back old-school R&B. From "Dream On."

"At first the network thought I was too cute, too sweet and that they needed somebody a little rougher around the edges. And I said, 'No, I'm coming back in. I'm from Florida and I know how to fucking do this.'"
--Actress Amy Seimetz on convincing directors to cast her in The Killing. From "Southern Charm"
"This is the Beyoncé age...We want to be successful and empower women to do the same. It's time for women to rule the world."
-- Mataano co-designer Ayaan Mohallim on female empowerment and success. From "Twin Peaks."

"I came from middle American suburbs, so one of the first things that completely charmed me were these houses floating on stilts. That was an unimaginable thing unto itself. When you put us, queer people, in that magical, physical space (it is one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, and I spent my life going to beaches) something wonderful happens. It was unlike anything else I had ever experienced in the world."
-- Photographer Tom Bianchi on the Fire Island Pines in the '70s. From "Beyond the Pines: Photographer Tom Bianchi Captures the Sun-Kissed '70s Gay Bacchanalia of Fire Island Pines."

"My apartment is in the East Village and it hasn't really changed except in the way that I wanted it to. But it's weird to see all these young kids who give you the idea that they're actually disappointed and feel cheated that they weren't able to hang out at CBGB."
-- Richard Hell on the East Village's gentrification. From "No Regrets: Founding Father of Punk Richard Hell Pulls No Punches In His Autobiography."

"Fuck those bitches!"
-- Tegan from Tegan & Sara on the evolution of their band and not looking back. From "Tegan and Sara's Pop Awakening."

"I would definitely do a talk show...talk about cooking, talk about drug experiences."
-- Rapper Antwon on doing a talk show. From "Antwon: Rap By Way of Kid Rock."

"I think it's just a phase we're going through. It'll come to an end and people will come to their senses. It's like when you go to a crazy party and eat too much bad food and drink too much and then you wake up...and say, 'I've got to go to the gym.'"
-- Nancy Jo Sales on our obsession with celebrity culture and reality television. From "Nancy Jo Sales on the 'Bling Ring' and Our Unhealthy Obsession With Celebrity Culture" 

"My directive was, I wanted it to smell like "a touch of taint on the knoll at twilight." By that, I mean I wanted it to smell like two faeries dancing by a fire in the woods and then going off and having sex next to a bed of flowers. It's kind of sexy."
-- Justin Vivian Bond on V's new perfume fragrance. Form "Justin Vivian Bond on Being An Arrogant Feminist and the Problem With NYC Pride

"Last night I went to bed at 1:30 and got up this morning at 9:15, just enough time to get to Terry Gross at NPR. I love Terry Gross to death. One of my favorite journalism moments is her versus Gene Simmons. He's trying to do his usual shock shtick and she hung in there like a champ. It was Muhammad Ali against George Foreman, Rumble in the Jungle. He was arrogant and tried to bully her and she would stick him and lunge and move away. I don't mess with Terry Gross."
 -- Questlove on his love for NPR. From "Questlove Talks Fried Chicken, His Hobo Fantasy and Not Messing With Terry Gross"  

"Skrillex was on the phone, he wanted me to orchestrate for him. I had never heard of him. I Googled his gaggle, I got him on the giggle."
-- Van Dyke Parks on his first encounter with Skrillex. From "Van Dyke Parks on Aging, Arranging and Skrillex

0913cover.jpeg"I'm what you call 'love rich.' We didn't have all the money in the world, but I had all the attention. I grew up spoiled with love."
--Ciara, on coming from a humble Texas household. From "Le Femme Ciara: The Hip-Hop Star Gets Down and Girly."

"The thing I remember most about it was that it was a nice, crisp morning in California. I remember being excited and (this is not a surprise to Jordan) I almost started crying. I picked him up that morning and we were about 500 feet from the front gate and he said something lovely like, "I can't imagine doing this with someone other than you."

--Key and Peele's Keegan Michel Peele on the duo's first day on set of their Comedy Central show. From "Mad(Funny) Men: Key & Peele On Being "Reality TV Whores" and Playing "Undateable" Characters."

"There's probably a ton of people who are going to be like, 'I don't give a shit about her now, she's 1,000 years old.' But that's what's great about music. If you're 16, you can listen to Bikini Kill or Le Tigre, and if that helps you get interested in feminism it's like, 'Awesome, my job's done.' When you worry about it, that's when you start doing things like trying to write the song you already wrote, or trying to pantomime your younger self on stage. If you dance like your mom, then you dance like your mom. That's who you are now."
--Kathleen Hanna on returning to music with her new band, The Julie Ruin. From "Gone From Music For Nearly a Decade, Kathleen Hanna Returns with a New Album."

"There was a line in the script describing her stare as being 'childlike, except children aren't scary,' and that informed the way Crazy Eyes allows her eyes to light up for certain people. She's also a bit of a nail-biter."
-- Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba on developing her wild-eyed character's trademark stare. From: "Uzo Aduba On Playing TV's Craziest Character."

"This is complete nonsense... There's no rational basis for it whatsoever."
--David Wondrich on the great whiskey-with-or-without-an-e debate. From "David Wondrich on His New Brooklyn Gin and Why the Spelling of "Whiskey" Is Nonsense."

"Don't dress trendy. Classic things are the most chic. I hate seeing things that are démodé. Things are like that right now, and it is not good. It doesn't work. Jeans always work. Classics are chic. A classic Chanel jacket will never be démodé. It's still perfection. Perfection is not about money. It is the way you put it together, the way you edit."
-- Stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele on the clothes that will never go out of style. From "Jeremy Scott Talks to Legendary Stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele." 

"My whole thing is creating future music, and bringing the renaissance into the future."

--A$AP Ferg on his sound. From "A$AP Ferg's '90s Gangsta-Rap Style Takes Us Back to the Future."

"Walt teams up with Jesse to kill the Nazis. They do! Then they have a showdown. Jesse kills Walt, then himself. Baby Holly knows nothing. Flynn eats breakfast."

--Comedian Emily Heller on how she thought Breaking Bad would end. From "Retta, Julie Klausner + More Predict How Breaking Bad Will End"

iggy_azalea_cover.jpg"People just wanna see my butt."
--Iggy Azalea on the media's obsession with her twerking skills. From "Rising Rap Star Iggy Azalea Is the Real Thing."

"Tonight it's trashy, teased, tampon-wearing."
--Nightlife duo the Dairy Queens describing their club look. From "We Like the Looks of These 14 NYC Clubhoppers."

"Beautiful babes who can't count."
--Parks and Rec writer and comedian Megan Amram's response when asked to describe L.A. in three words. From "Beautiful People Los Angeles: Megan Amram."

"I think it's a good thing that the cool people moved to Brooklyn. It's like the West Bank of Paris."
--NYC nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch on Brooklyn's cultural rise. From "A Look Into the Life of Susanne Bartsch."

"Max Fish was the opposite of a gentrified bar. It had those aspects to it, but it wasn't about moving in and bringing the neighborhood up to a higher class. That was not the point of the bar. It was meant to stay on the same level of the neighborhood as they found it."
--Artist John Ahearn on the influence of now-shuttered artists' bar Max Fish on the Lower East Side. From "An Oral History of Max Fish."

"It's important to keep your life simple, otherwise you'll never get anything done."
--Artist Kaws on living a low-key life. From "From the Streets to TV to Fine Art Galleries, KAWS Is Everywhere."

"I just want girls to know they can do whatever they want."
--Artist Petra Collins on her controversial art depicting the female body. From "The Kids Are Alright: Petra Collins and Her Collective of Young Artists Aren't Afraid to Have a Little Fun."

"It's not just the artist as victim, it's the artist as perpetrator."
--Creative Time's Anne Pasternack on the negative effects of artist-gentrified neighborhoods. From "As Head of Creative Time, Anne Pasternak Has Changed How and Where We Experience Art."

"I have no idea how to contact him. If I said, 'Hey, I think your dead grandmother's here,' he'd think I was out of my mind."
--Chef John Keller on his sense that Geraldo Rivera's grandmother is haunting his new restaurant, Apt 13. From "Chef John Keller On His New Restaurant and the Ghost of Geraldo Rivera's Grandmother."

"We went to Six Flags in Santa Clarita, and rode the Colossus. One of the performers kept asking me, 'When do we take our shirts off?' I had to explain to him, 'This is not that kind of film.'"
--Artist Joe Sola on working with gay male porn stars for his film Riding with Adult Video Performers. From "Joe Sola Has an Ear For Art."

"Dog biscuits are just like cookies but no sugar. I was always a little rebellious."
--Author Dana Goodyear on eating dog biscuits as a child. From "Dana Goodyear on Anything That Moves and Eating Like a Survivor in an Apocalypse."

"I always laugh at that because when we first started going to film festivals with Let's Get Lost, women especially would say, 'Why aren't I in the film?' and I would say 'Oh well, I'm sorry. I am just meeting you right now,' and they would say something like "Chet stayed at my house for six months," or, "He was our babysitter." Can you imagine hiring Chet to be your babysitter?"
--Bruce Weber on Chet Baker's popularity with women. From "The Legendary Bruce Weber Talks Chet Baker and Iowa Wrestlin'"

amycoverquoteunquote.jpg"Everyone under 26 seems gay to me. Both men and women. I often ask myself, 'Is everyone gay?' There's this gender fluidity that I think is generational, and that's new."
-- Amy Poehler on millennial sexuality. From "Amy Poehler Is One Busy Lady, But She'll Still Make Time For You."

"I think one of the funniest things about Christmas is a living crèche or a living nativity scene. They're frightening. I find them scarier than any Diane Arbus photo. I go to them like people go to haunted houses at Halloween, but I scrunch down in the crowd because I don't want people to see me. Then I'd feel as perverted as they are."
--John Waters on what's funny about Christmas. From "John Waters On His One-Man Christmas Show and The Horrors of Living Nativity Scenes"

"One of the most important things you can include in your 'About Me' section is that you're "actually" something. "I am actually pretty laid back," "I'm actually pretty open to new things," "I am actually not sure what to expect on here," "I am actually literally," "I am actually literally writing this from inside a hollowed-out tree," "I am actually literally a ghost."
--Carey O'Donnell and Eli Yudin on the over-use of the word "actually" in OKCupid Profiles. From "The Top 10 Things People Need to Stop Putting On Their OkCupid Profiles In 2014."

"I try not to read too much online because I always get my feelings hurt, even if someone's flattering you. Like somebody tweeting, 'Call me crazy, but I think Amy Poehler's attractive.' And you're like, 'OK? Thank you?' Or like someone writing, 'I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that I'd have sex with Amy Poehler.'"
--Amy Poehler on staying away from Social Media. From ""Amy Poehler Is One Busy Lady, But She'll Still Make Time For You."

"One of the things that New York City doesn't have is cultural preservation. They may save a building, but they certainly don't preserve culture. Or else CBGB wouldn't be a clothing store."

--Everybody Street director Cheryl Dunn on New York City's evolution. From "In a New York Minute."

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