Certainly one of, if not the best audiobook I've heard.
Like a final call to prayer, Waters' last chapter describes his aspirations to move beyond his status of a cult filmmaker and become a cult leader, and take you with him. Hilarious, detailed, dirty and, at times, an exercise in religious and Waters history with surprising crossovers.
Waters is as much a performer as he is a writer and filmmaker. His unmistakable voice carries his individual brand of bad taste off the page and on to the stage without sounding contrived. The respect and adoration Waters affords his subjects is evident throughout this biographic homage, and is only further highlighted by the kindness that shines through his reading and pokes between the trashy references.
If you're a fan of Waters' films or previous books, you'll be pleased to hear there is very little crossover in terms of content. If you're new to the world of John Waters you'll be in for a treat.
Role Models also serves as a springboard from which to dive into an underground world of trash and treasure, most particularly via Waters' list of 'books you should read to live a happy life if something is basically the matter with you'. Waters' is a prolific reader and a cultural scavenger, sifting through the mounds of cultural detritus to find the brilliantly misshapen jewels scattered throughout, and he's not afraid to share them.
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