role models-john waters

“…but what I like best is staying home and reading. 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 important than an unread library.” (163)

“Like all avid readers, I sob about the death of my favorite bookshops in each city I visit, but I’m secretly thrilled at how easy and cheap it is to order from But couldn’t they at least reward us with frequent reading points like the airlines? I’m always amazed at friends who say they try to read at night in bed but always end up falling asleep. I have the opposite problem. If a book is good I can’tgo to sleep, and stay up way past bedtime, hooked on the writing. Is anything better than waking up after a late-night read and diving back into the plot before you even get out of bed to brush your teeth?

You should never just read for “enjoyment”. Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgemental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for God’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.” (164)


4 thoughts on “role models-john waters

  1. “Girls, the bigger your breasts, the higher the necklines. What you don’t see is always sexier. If you’re flat-chested, go topless. Prove your self-confidence and uninterest in the male gaze. Tight pants can be a good look for you and will come in handy when you have to climb over a fence or run from a store detective. Always be dressed in your full cult finest in case you are arrested. There is only one fashion photograph that counts in our world: the perp walk.” (277)

    why i’ve always appreciated gay men that can teach me how to be a lady.

  2. “Fashion is very important to me. My “look” for the last twenty years or so has been “disaster at the dry cleaners.” I shop in reverse. When I can afford to buy a new outfit, something has to be wrong with it. Purposely wrong. Comme des Garcons (like some boys) is my favorite line of clothing, designed by the genius fashion dictator Rei Kawakubo. She specializes in clothes that are torn, crooked, permanently wrinkled, ill-fitting, and expensive. What used to be called “seconds” (clothes that were on sale in bargain basements of department stores because of accidental irregularities) is now called “couture”. Ms. Kawakubo is my god. The fashion historian Kazuko Koike has described Rei as “almost like the leader of a religious movement.” I genuflect to Rei’s destruction of the fashion rules. She’s formidable, reclusive, intimidating, and has described her work as an “exercise in suffering.” (95)

    new lumberjack swing.

  3. “But I like girl strip bars, too. As long as they’re bad ones. No thanks to the high-end “gentlemen’s clubs,” with Playboy Bunny types who want to give you a lap dance while reminding you there is an ATM right inside the lobby. Boots was a favorite go-girl place. Located on Eastern Avenue, between Fells Point and Highlandtown, this may have been the lowliest strip club ever. So naturally, for about a year, I hung out there every weekend in the early 1990s. The “talent” was definitely unnerving. One we called “the Moose.” She was a big ox who was a lazy stripper. One night, when it was her turn to dance, she was still in the bathroom located next to the stage, so when she heard her musical cue, she just kicked the bathroom door open as she still sat on the toilet and shook her tits for the audience. Boots was very David Lynch.” (147)

    but there is a point in going too far:

    and the resticals:

  4. the philly free library podcast with john waters is amazing.

    “MEATMAN!” he runs away with a little girl and they force him to have gay kwanzaa”

    “the ‘nos’ are free-just start getting concerned when they start charging you for ‘nos'”-the most genius advice i’ve ever heard on rejection

    “fame maintenance”

    “she was a bottom for god”

    “every interest i ever had was discouraged in school-high school gave me the rage to make Pink Flamingos”

    “he pissed in his mother’s face and set her wig on fire-that’s a terrible thing. I wish I didn’t know that.”

    “if you like a movie, go see it opening night. they’ve decided that opening night decides everything. they’re scared of word of mouth. It’s like the depression-Hollywood movies are doing better than ever.”

    “that’s the first thing i wanted to be-a juvenile delinquent.”

    “i think The Wire’s the best show that’s ever been on television, since PeeWee’s Playhouse”

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