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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

John Waters.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover, Signed Bookplate
ISBN 9780374298630
Pages/Publication Date 322/2014
Daedalus Item Code 49451
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(Signed Bookplate) (Chosen by New York Magazine as One of Six Books to Read This Summer and by Publishers Weekly as One of the Best Summer Books of 2014 ) At the age of 66, armed only with his wit, his pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," John Waters hitchhiked across America from Baltimore to San Francisco. More attuned to the weirdness of people than most—he was the filmmaker behind Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented, after all—Waters freely admitted the lunacy of this endeavor before he set out, and imagined the best and the worst that could happen. Both of those possible journeys are here, and in his wickedly funny style Waters writes of a friendly drug dealer who hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver who makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk who terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad that entraps and throws him in jail. None of those things actually happened of course, so in the final part of the book Waters gives us the real story, in which he meets a gentle 81-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker's unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican candidate in a Corvette, who took him all the way to Reno. Because he's one of our favorite loons, we asked Mr. Waters if he would kindly provide some signed bookplates for us, and he did.

"Waters idiosyncratically cuts to the core of American diversity, finding the good (and bad) in any situation with biting wit. The unlikely friendship Waters forms with a young Republican politician is an unexpected twist, and a timely tale of bromance in the midst of hardship. If a dyed-in-the-wool conservative and the pope of Trash can have an adventure in Reno together, aren't all things still possible in this world? But for Waters aficionados, the best parts of this enchanting narrative aren't the ones that actually happened. Fans will delight in the two novellas, with Waters at his campiest and most ludicrous, that precede the nonfiction third act.... Waters devotees take note: this is required reading."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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