Role Models

Role Models

Book - 2010
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Here, from the incomparable John Waters, is a paean to the power of subversive inspiration that will delight, amuse, enrich--and happily horrify readers everywhere.

Role Models is, in fact, a self-portrait told through intimate profiles of favorite personalities--some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle-of-the-road. From Esther Martin, owner of the scariest bar in Baltimore, to the playwright Tennessee Williams; from the atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair to the insane martyr Saint Catherine of Siena; from the English novelist Denton Welch to the timelessly appealing singer Johnny Mathis--these are the extreme figures who helped the author form his own brand of neurotic happiness.

Role Models is a personal invitation into one of the most unique, perverse, and hilarious artistic minds of our time.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374251475
Characteristics: 301 p. ; 22 cm.


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Nov 19, 2010

The incomparable filmmaker and icon John Waters takes us on a trip through his own life by delving into the lives of those he admires. He has dutifully tracked down and interviewed almost every person that influenced him from the lesbian stripper to the underground pornographer to Johnny Mathis.

Some of the sections can get overly didactic and long, particularly the one on reformed Manson family member Leslie Van Houten. But 'Role Models' is a great glimpse into the life of America's trash king, and will be of tremendous interest to those who consider themselves big fans of his work.


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