"I think that for years we have recognized the author by what he writes. An author will always — you will do the same, Chris — a writer tips his mitt. If a writer would like to be completely anonymous about the character and fabric of the man, don't write, 'cause you can't hide in writing. I just believe it. I'm sure there are people who will tell me that I'm crazy — 'Oh, well, what about J. D. Salinger?' That was J. D. Salinger. J. D. Salinger was Holden Caulfield. Don't tell me that was a fictitious character out of the mind of his deep deep deep imagination. Bullshit. He was Holden Caulfield."
—Jerry Lewis, in conversation with Chris Fujiwara, in the powerful 32-page 2003 interview transcribed in Fujiwara's new book, Jerry Lewis.