Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tranquil Tuesday-Role Models

John Waters Book Signing 2

February is my birthday month and it is my month to pick our book for book club. Last June I was fortunate enough to meet THE one and only John Waters at a conference in Baltimore. He signed my copy of his book, Role Models, and I am finally getting around to reading it. To say it is filthy is an understatement. I have been mortified by what I've read but can't turn away from his honesty and found myself dying laughing on many occasions. I was so curious about his serial killer friendship that I spent an entire afternoon researching the Charles Manson murders. There is an openness to his style that I admire. He's extremely courageous about what he writes and as he says in the book regarding his interviews, he can't make this stuff up.  I will never get the image of rats living in Bobby Garcia's home out of my head. Thanks a lot John! When I was reading the book, my House Beautiful had just arrived. House Bizarre...John Waters should start a magazine called House Bizarre!!! It would be brilliant and need a XXX rated rating, but it would be fabulous from a standpoint of unique weirdness. I admit, I've only watched Hairspray the movie and was one of the lucky few who got to see Cry Baby on Broadway that immortalized the pregnant teenager who frequents The Avenue as well as the preppy Roland park squares. I'll stick to his tame stuff. I'm not sure I need to meet Devine. This book was a window into a creative soul who is an icon for outcasts. I liked it. A lot!

Role Models
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SNL just had a short this past Saturday with John featured. His signature mustache is lined by a Maybelline eye pencil. One of the most personal secrets revealed in the book. Maybe he's born with it? Maybe not...it's Maybelline! 

7 comments:

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

Very cool..I saw him at Eddie's this past Saturday! xx

Tiffany from HOLIDAY said...

very interesting. of course, now i want to read the book!

Pigtown-Design said...

his mother and mine were school mates. my parents used to talk about all the things he was doing and we'd all be shocked!

John Shields said...

That's our John - 'em. If your scared of Divine check out Serial Mom with Kathleen Turner. It's fantastic.

ADG said...

I met him a couple of years ago at a Baltimore Symphony Gala. The bad boy was sporting purple socks with his slippers and evening wear.

Twist of Lime said...

I LOVE him! When I worked at the BMA, he was close friends with the asst. director and used to come in to see her. I was always star struck! He is a huge philanthropist!

Anonymous said...

I doubt he'd want people creeping by his house on West Highfield Rd. in Tuscany-Canterbury by the Calvert School...
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