John Waters—the director of Hairspray, Female Trouble, Polyester, and Pink Flamingos, the self-proclaimed “Pope of Trash,” the bestselling author of Carsick (about hitchhiking across the country at the age of 70) and most recently Mr. Know-It-All—has aimed his laser sharp humor to the task of sharing his favorite reads this year. And, as always, his wry, frank, and clever prose does not disappoint.
Without further ado, the words of John Waters…
Movies are too long. It’s hard to even figure out how to turn on your TV these days. There are too many kinds of new music to keep track. Sex can be a part time job. Reading is the only thing a reasonable person can do to keep sane these days.
Four favorite books I’ve read recently.
Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser
An exhausting biography about an exhausting woman that will keep you up nights greedily reading all 800 pages until you pass out exhausted yourself - exhilarated and amazed at this difficult, brilliant but clueless writer’s life.
Jimmy Neurosis by James Oseland
It ain’t easy being a gay adolescent punk-rocker in suburbia but this heroic book proves you can survive conventional society’s assholism if you believe in your own style and find an outlaw culture to welcome you in before you go off the deep end.
Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
A genre-bending tale of an obsessive senior citizen Nancy Drew who drives herself bat-shit crazy trying to solve a mystery that only she knows about.
The Light Years by Chris Rush
An insanely entertaining and adventuresome memoir about wanderlust, LSD, squatting, drug dealing and taking so many risks while you are young that any reader will sigh in relief finishing this book, knowing the author somehow is still alive and well.
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