Filthy by Robrt L. Pela
The Weird World of John Waters

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To call John Waters a cultural icon is almost insulting. This is after all a man who's entire career has been dedicated to the explosion of mainstream culture. But nonethless, from his earliest films he has been the center of controversy, acclaim, revilement, and reverence. He is the director of the notorious Pink Flamingos (in which the 300 pound transvestite Divine snacks on poodle poop) and Female Trouble (in which Divine as a man--with really nasty skidmarks on his shorts--rapes himself as a woman) as well as the crossover smash Hairspray (which introduced Ricki Lake to the world) and Serial Mom (in which Kathleen Turner offed Patty Hearst with a white pump.) From the days when the press wouldn't return his phone calls to the present, promoting his new films on network morning shows, and giving commentary on NPR, CNN, TNT, and The Sundance Channel, Waters has consistently been the outrageous voice of avant garde cinema. Critic Robrt Pela, examines Waters's life and impact on our culture in this book which is both a biography of Waters, and a remarkable, often hilarious, always illuminating look at his films, their impact, and the not to be believed cult of Waters fans.

The Films of John Waters: Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry Baby, Serial Mom, Pecker, and Cecil B. Demented.

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Robrt Pela is a contributing writer for Men's Fitness and The Advocate as well as a theater critic whose reviews appear each week in the New Times and are heard on NPR's Morning Edition. He lives in Phoenix.

 

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Published June 1, 2002 by Alyson Books. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Drawing on the reminiscences of the original Dreamland crew (his drug-taking/shoplifting pals from the ’60s and ’70s), the ravings of his most fanatical adherents, and an eerily convincing interview with his muse, the deceased Divine, as channeled by medium Calvin Sharpee, freelance journalist Pe...

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Late last year, Alyson published My Son Divine by the late drag performer's mother with ace assistance by two filmmakers who shot In Bad Taste and Divine Trash, two documentaries about Waters.

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Pela introduces us to Suki, who has the most extensive collection of Waters memorabilia in the world—she’ll only let you in if you quote a line from a Waters film and she likes it, and she chants in Shinto fashion along with a continuous tape-loop of a Waters interview that plays in the bathroom.

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