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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.

©2010 John Waters (P)2010 Tantor

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Narration by the Author, 2011

"Waters delivers a worthy tribute to his personal pantheon of artistic icons. An impressive, heartfelt collection by a true American iconoclast." (Kirkus)

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  • lily
  • GLENDALE, AZ, United States
  • 11-08-11

I love John Waters

If you are a fan you must get this. John Waters is amazing and a great story teller.

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Entertaining Depravity

You would expect Waters to have some depraved role models and you would be right. Entertaining.

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Yuk

I don't know what I was thinking when I purchased this. Do I care whether he rambles on about John Travolita's sexual preference? No. The first chapter turned me off with its is he or isn't he dialogue. I did find other parts interesting, but really, the book doesn't have any value for this reader.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful