Go ahead quote me

Indian-American Author Jhumpa Lahiri.
Indian-American Author Jhumpa Lahiri.
Director Rebecca Miller.
Director Rebecca Miller.
Singer James Bay.
Singer James Bay.

I fell in love with Italian. It was a calling, a desire. Desires, generally speaking, are seldom motivated by utility. Their origins are not rational. But Italian is useful to me, in that it is the language in which I feel absolutely happy, inspired, free.

INDIAN-AMERICAN AUTHOR JHUMPA LAHIRI, who has written a new book in Italian


You see enough movies like that you start to think, 'Well, I guess I'm not really part of this world.' There is a parallel world that's actually not my world. It's very alienating.

DIRECTOR REBECCA MILLER on how few women there are in the Best Picture Oscar nominee The Big Short


I realised recently that all the things that have gone wrong are just as important as all the things that went right.

SINGER JAMES BAY on his past

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2016, with the headline 'GoAheadQuoteMe'. Print Edition | Subscribe