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 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 American playwright Tennessee Williams; from the atheist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair to the 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. 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. This special event will feature a conversation between John and author Scott Heim. Heim holds degrees from the University of Kansas and Columbia University. He has lived and worked in New York, London, and Cape Cod, and currently makes his home in Boston. He has published three novels, Mysterious Skin, In Awe, and We Disappear as well as a book of poems, Saved from Drowning. In 2005, the film adaptation of Mysterious Skin, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was released to critical acclaim. (lemontwist)
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