Publisher Marketing: 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.
Praise for Role Models
"Waters is a greater national treasure than 90 percent of the people who are given Kennedy Center Honors each December. Unlike those gray eminences of the show-business establishment, Waters doesn't kowtow to the received wisdom, he flips it the bird . . . [Waters] has the ability to show humanity at its most ridiculous and make that funny rather than repellent. To quote his linear ancestor W.C. Fields: It's a gift." --Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"If Waters began his career by seeking to infuriate, he now has mellowed to a place of gleeful tweaking. Role Models is charming and chatty . . . it also reveals the making of a unique American artist through his influences. " --Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Weight: .63 lbs
Dimensions: 8.27 x 5.57 x .85
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Author: John Waters
Publication date: April 26, 2011