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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,520 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Waters Narrator: John Waters Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here, from the incomparable John Waters, is a paean to the power of subversive inspiration that will delight, amuse, enrich—and happily horrify listeners everywhere.

Role Models is filmmaker John Waters’ 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “His acolytes won’t need a reviewer’s say-so to lap up every word of Role Models…But dilettantes at liberty to skip around will find a lot to charm them. In a way, the best joke is that…Waters can’t help revealing on every page that he’s both sentimental and good-hearted. Pass the relish, Uncle John.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Waters is a greater national treasure than 90 percent of the people who are given Kennedy Center Honors each December. Unlike those gray eminences of the show-business establishment, Waters doesn’t kowtow to the received wisdom, he flips it the bird…[Waters] has the ability to show humanity at its most ridiculous and make that funny rather than repellent. To quote his linear ancestor W. C. Fields: it’s a gift.”

    Washington Post

  • “Apart from its consistently engaging voice, both casual and eloquent…what makes Role Models more than just the latest expression of a great American oddball is its appearance at a time when nearly every segment of society (hipsters, meet Tea Partiers) feels justified in dehumanizing anyone they deem as the other. Waters never does that, even to the truly abhorrent. This man who never sought respectability may have become the most affectionate and radical humanist in American letters.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fontaine | 2/19/2014

    " I can't put this book down. Waters is in fine form - taking left turns when you expect a right turn, self-deprecating while promoting his entire oeuvre and cracking jokes about topics that, well, just aren't the kind of thing that would tickle your funny bone. But in 'Waters World' nothing is sacred and all is glimmeringly profane and oh so fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff | 2/18/2014

    " This book is a lot of fun. John Waters is a truly unique and probably brilliant individual, and a wonderful writer. The chapter on Leslie Van Houten goes on too long and seems written for the benefit of the parole board, but that comes early in the book and it's the only misfire in an otherwise witty and (I'm really trying to avoid the word 'subversive' because that's just so obvious when talking about John Waters) oddly inspiring collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jerry | 2/8/2014

    " At times the shtick gets a bit old and I admit I did scan some passages looking for something that didn't seem redundant and something I'd read before. Some great essays (outsider porn feels completely honest) and digressions about waters sexuality, something I've never quite understood are eye-opening. a must-read for a fan. But not everything needs to be scoured and taken as gospel. started finally reading it on my long-avoided first trip to fire island (although waters is a p-town regular) so it felt appropriate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/27/2014

    " Fantastic! But as a person who has watched Pink Flamingos on Christmas Eve more than once, I might be biased. Regardless, this might be the first book I ever wanted to call big-hearted, without a trace of irony in my voice. "

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