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Interview Hall of Fame: John Waters

by Brad Zellar

Tags: John Waters, Role Models, gay and lesbian culture, books, film, arts, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Brad Zellar,

John Waters Role ModelsMaybe it’s precisely because I don’t much like dinner parties that I spend so much time fantasizing about dream dinner party guests and ideal seating arrangements. At any rate, one of my perfect scenarios involves being seated between Dorothy Parker and John Waters, and Michael Ehrhardt’s recent interview (in The Gay and Lesbian Review), with the man William Burroughs dubbed the “Pope of Trash,” did nothing but reinforce Waters’ standing on the A-list.  

I can take or leave Waters’ films (Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Polyester), but every interview I’ve encountered with the man has been a marvel, and his new memoir, Role Models, is one of the most entertaining books of the year. 

Waters’ back-and-forth with Ehrhardt is a smart, snappy, free-range delight from start to finish. 

Read the whole thing, but here are a few highlights: 

And, finally, here’s an atonement opportunity for somebody in Hollywood (hello, criminals who financed Hot Tub Time Machine): 

Source: The Gay and Lesbian Review