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.
- Hardback | 304 pages
- 145 x 213 x 30mm | 454g
- 25 May 2010
- Farrar Straus Giroux
- New York, NY, United States
- Frontispiece; Illustrations, black and white
Praise for "Role Models"“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 . . . [Waters] has the ability to show humanity at its most ridiculous and make that funny rather than repellent. To quote his linear ancestor W.C. Fields: It’s a gift.”" —"Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post"“His acolytes won’t need a reviewer’s say-so to lap up every word of “Role Models,” . . . But dilettantes at liberty to skip around will find a lot to charm them. In a way, the best joke is that – Baader-Meinhof gang, outsider porn and all"—"Waters can’t help revealing one very page that he’s both sentimental and good-hearted. Pass the relish, Uncle John.”" —"Tom Carson, "New York"" Times Book Rev
About John Waters
"John Waters "is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known for his cult films, including "Hairspray," "Pink Flamingos," and "Cecil B. DeMented." He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.