Role Models (Paperback)
|Author: John Waters|
|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.|
From the Publisher:
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.
Anyone who has seen any of John Waters's camp-tastic cinema extravaganzas has probably wondered what kind of crazy concoction of artistic influences he ingested to produce such a delightfully skewed sensibility. How about Little Richard, a lesbian stripper, the guy who sang "The Monster Mash," some pornographers, a former member of the Manson family, the founder of American Atheists, and a dash of Johnny Mathis? In this memoir of peculiar muses, Waters pays homage to the artists and individuals he has most admired throughout his life, whether they be prominent (Tennessee Williams), local (a woman who spent her life running a Baltimore nightclub), sacred (Saint Catherine of Siena), or profane (porn filmmaker Bobby Garcia). Dedicating a chapter to each of his curious icons, Waters thoughtfully gushes about their singular creative intuition and enthusiasm for independence, and wherever possible includes excerpts from his ebullient interviews with them.