Go Ahead Quote Me

Greta Gerwig.
Greta Gerwig.
Jay Chou.
Jay Chou.

It's like when people say: 'I don't really care about holidays or Christmas, it's just a day.' And I say: 'Well yes, of course it's just a day, but this is all we've got! We go around one time, let's celebrate some stuff. Let's invest!'

ACTRESS GRETA GERWIG on being emotionally invested


To verify if that was also her reaction to all songs, I played songs by foreign artists to her. The result was she wasn't as happy. That finally set my mind at ease.

SINGER JAY CHOU on his year-old daughter reacting to a song he wrote for her by moving her limbs


The book was a lifeline. I always clung to it, knowing I could tell my story. It was like a sibling.

AUTHOR ARIEL LEVE on An Abbreviated Life, her memoir of her unhappy childhood

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2016, with the headline 'Go Ahead Quote Me'. Print Edition | Subscribe