Role Models

Role Models

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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. This book is, in fact, a self-portrait told through intimate profiles of favorite personalities--some famous, some unknown, some surprisingly middle-of-the-road. From Esther Martin, the owner of the scariest bar in Baltimore, to playwright Tennessee Williams; from atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair to insane martyr Saint Catherine of Siena; from English novelist Denton Welch to timeless singer Johnny Mathis, these are the figures that helped the author form his own brand of neurotic happiness.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374251475
0374251479
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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DavidLeeRoth
Nov 19, 2010

The incomparable filmmaker and icon John Waters takes us on a trip through his own life by delving into the lives of those he admires. He has dutifully tracked down and interviewed almost every person that influenced him from the lesbian stripper to the underground pornographer to Johnny Mathis.

Some of the sections can get overly didactic and long, particularly the one on reformed Manson family member Leslie Van Houten. But 'Role Models' is a great glimpse into the life of America's trash king, and will be of tremendous interest to those who consider themselves big fans of his work.

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