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Role Models (Paperback)

Author:  John Waters
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0374532869
ISBN-13: 9780374532864
Sku: 218171577
Publish Date: 4/26/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  304
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.
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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.

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.


"An impressive, heartfelt collection by a true American iconoclast....In this consistently charming and witty collection of essays, [Waters] fondly remembers the many artists he has admired throughout his life, from stars, such as Little Richard, to such near-unknown figures as the 1960s Baltimore stripper Lady Zorro." (starred review) 03/01/2010

"With these lively, generous essays, Waters comes across as not just hilarious and perverse but also surprisingly sensible like an infinitely weirder David Sedaris. If Waters occasionally crosses the line into disturbing territory, the bulk of this book is squarely irresistible." - Amanda Katz 06/06/2010

"Loitering as always on the edges, Waters finds inspiration where others see squalor and makes provocative points about art and morality and the good life--without losing an ounce of his ironical cheer." - Louis Bayard 06/06/2010

"If H.L. Mencken was the Sage of Baltimore, Waters is, at least, the parsley....In a way, the best joke in the book is that...Waters can't help revealing on every other page that he's both sentimental and good-hearted." - Tom Carson 06/13/2010

"Waters is a greater National Treasure than 90 percent of the people who are given 'Kennedy Center Honors' each December. Unlike those gray eminences of the show-business establishment, Waters doesn't kowtow to the received wisdom, he flips it the bird....He has the ability to show humanity at its most ridiculous and make that funny rather than repellent." - Jonathan Yardley 06/20/2010

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Product attributePublisher:   Farrar Straus Giroux
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