Crackpot: The Obsessions of

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
An outrageous collection from the uniquely legendary John Waters, updated with new material—including Waters’s 2002 New York Times article, “Finally, Footlights on the Fat Girls.”

Crackpot, originally released in 1986, is John Waters’s brilliantly entertaining litany of odd and fascinating people, places, and things. From Baltimore to Los Angeles, from William Castle to Pia Zadora, from the National Enquirer to Ronald Reagan’s colon, Waters explores the depths of our culture. And he dispenses useful advice along the way: how not to make a movie, how to become famous (read: infamous), and of course, how to most effectively shock and make our nation’s public laugh at the same time. Loaded with bonus features, this special edition is guaranteed to leave you totally mental.

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Despite the fact that I am not a huge fan of John Water's films (I'm actually completely uninterested in most of them), I love his writing, and I'm sort of weirdly in love with him, in the way that I ... Read full review

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

Very funny series of essays by a smart, funny man. You don't have to be a fan of his movies to appreciate his observations on various subjects. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

John Waters grew up in Baltimore, where he still lives, and has been making movies since he was seventeen. His films include Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living, Polyesther, Hairspray, Cry Baby, Serial Mom, Pecker and Cecil B. Demented. The musical adaptation of his film, Hairspray, won eight Tony awards on Broadway.

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