Role Models

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 25, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - librarianbryan - LibraryThing

We keep the flag flying high and bright. THE FREAK FLAG. Waters introduces us to the pop, high, and low culture icons that have influenced his life. This book contains the funniest joke I have heard ... Read full review

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User Review  - jenn_stringer - LibraryThing

Witty and self-reflective. I am not a John Waters fan as the creator of Hairspray or as the cult hero and yet the book is still entertaining and thoughtful. Maybe even more so because I was able to ... Read full review

Contents

I L L U S T R A T I O N S
J O H N N Y  A N D  M E
T H E  K I N D N E S S  OFS T R A N G E R S
L E S L I E
R E I  K A W A K U B O
B A L T I M O R E  H E R O E S
B O O K W O R M
L I T T L E  R I C H A R DH A P P Y  A T  L A S T
O U T S I D E R  P O R N
R O O M M A T E S
C U L T  L E A D E R
SOURCES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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About the author (2010)

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.

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