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Role Models

Format:  Hardcover,

304 pages

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux

Publish Date: May 2010

ISBN-13: 9780374251475

ISBN-10: 0374251479

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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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Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publish Date: May 2010
ISBN-13: 9780374251475
ISBN-10: 0374251479
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.4

Chapter outline

Illustrationsp. ix
Johnny and mep. 1
The Kindness of Strangersp. 33
Lesliep. 43
Rei Kawakubop. 93
Baltimore Heroesp. 127
Bookwormp. 161
Little Richard, Happy at Lastp. 181
Outsider Pornp. 199
Roommatesp. 239
Cult Leaderp. 271
Sourcesp. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 303

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-04-01)

In his 40-year career, Pink Flamingos director Waters has worked with the likes of Divine, Deborah Harry, and dog shit. It's no wonder his many muses-laid out in loving detail here-are just as bizarre, brave, and endearing. Singer Johnny Mathis, Baltimore bar owner Esther Martin, playwright Tennesee Williams, outsider pornographer Bobby Garcia, and then some get a chapter each of Waters's ruminations, sprinkled generously with memoir-like asides on fashion, moustache fillers, and, yes, library theft.

Better yet, if you're an extreme bibliophile, the Pope of Trash reveals himself to be one of your kind via an extended love letter to four obscure-i sh novels. Whatever Waters lacks in focus he makes up for with mon do passion. His ardor for his role models is so pure, it's tangible. Readers will come away inspired and wanting more Waters in film, print, and otherwise.

Verdict: A perfect read for the bar when you're hanging solo, but just as palatable to dip into while on planes, trains, and automobiles.

[See also "Editors' Spring Picks", LJ 2/15/10, p. 30.] - Heather McCormack, Library Journal

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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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