Role Models is filmmaker John Waters's 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 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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John Waters, A Great American Entertainer
One of the most unique, wonderfully insightful and hilarious voices of the last 50 years, this is another John Waters gem not to be missed. Recounting his admiration of celebrities great, small and bizarre (from Little Richard and Johnny Mathis to Marjoe to Leslie Van Houten), Role Models ultimately reveals more about the author's thoughts and perspective than that of his subjects. Of course, with John Waters, that is the best outcome one could hope for.
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I am barely half-way through this audio, and Water's colorful narration plays the gambit on the "role model" subject: forgiveness, fashion, writing, personalities, individuality, the burgeoning of youth, and I expect more to come! I'll be listening to this over and over to relish in the detail.
I read the book before I had access to the audio version. I normally find audio books to be an abomination to the act of reading and believe that more information is absorbed while focusing on a printed word rather than a droning human voice, but I have to admit I prefer this audio version to the printed one. To hear John Waters inflections as he reads these little essays brings it all to life. The long chapter on Leslie Van Houten is serious and sad and will provoke differing responces depending on the view one holds on her partipation of the LaBianca murders and ponder harder questions. John Waters' enthusiasm for the strangest subjects is infectious. The chapter on books is without a doubt my favorite....or maybe the chapter titled CULT LEADER. It is just chock full of odd tibits, which he fearlessly embraces. The vest character in the book: Zorro, a lesbian stripper who marches on stage, glares at the male audience, and snarls; "What f### are you looking at?" Hysterical. Only John Waters can tell these stories and find the strange joy in them. Then there is the OUTSIDER PORN chapter. It is easy going for the more timid souls, but anyone familar with John Waters' world will be along for the ride. A good read, but and even better listen. Highly recommended for a long car/plane/train trip----it will pass the time amusingly.