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Role Models by John Waters
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Role Models (original 2010; edition 2011)

by John Waters

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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.… (more)
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Title:Role Models
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Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2011), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 320 pages
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I don't know why anyone, if given the option, would choose to read a John Waters book and not listen to it. This was every bit as hilarious, crude, and salacious as I expected, and I learned a lot, too! Lots of laugh-out-loud moments, though, oddly, the only thing that didn't sit well with me was Waters' assessment of mental illness. Of course, it's John Waters, and, like everything else, he could just be saying that to get a rise. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
I don't know when I stopped reading fiction and started reading books by comics. This year was definitely easier and less emotionally vulnerable than last year's "David Foster Wallace Winter". Sometimes you have to get your yukks where you can. I listened to this on audio book, does that even count? ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
this book took me forever to read bc i hate rich people even when theyre john waters. loved first two chs on leslie van houten & johnny mathis. fun n funny. hated ch on art bc anyone who spends that much on one of those stupid cy twombly handwriting pieces sld have their apartment burned down. ( )
  freakorlando | May 14, 2020 |
What a fantastically complex human being. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jun 20, 2018 |
Basically a long-winded homage to some of the strange people who have influenced Waters over the years, from one of the Manson girls to the "outsider" pornographers (who know that there was such a thing as outside mainstream porn??). I think my favorite essay was the last one (isn't that the way it always goes?), titled "Cult Leader." Most of the book made me giggle and groan simultaneously, which is classic John Waters. I must admit I did miss a lot of the cultural references-maybe I'm too young to get the whole Manson family thing? ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
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In memory of Van Smith (August 17, 1945 - December 5, 2006)
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I wish I were Johnny Mathis.
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Being rich is not about how much money you have or how many homes you own; it's the freedom to buy any book you want without looking at the price and wondering if you can afford it. Of course, you have to read the books, too. Nothing is more impotent than an unread library.
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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.

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