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An outrageous collection from the uniquely legendary John Waters, updated with new material—including Waters’s 2002 New York Times article, “Finally, Footlights on the Fat Girls.”

Crackpot, originally released in 1986, is John Waters’s brilliantly entertaining litany of odd and fascinating people, places, and things. From Baltimore to Los Angeles, from William Castle to Pia Zadora, from the National Enquirer to Ronald Reagan’s colon, Waters explores the depths of our culture. And he dispenses useful advice along the way: how not to make a movie, how to become famous (read: infamous), and of course, how to most effectively shock and make our nation’s public laugh at the same time. Loaded with bonus features, this special edition is guaranteed to leave you totally mental.

About The Author

John Waters grew up in Baltimore, where he still lives, and has been making movies since he was seventeen. His films include Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate LivingPolyesther, Hairspray, Cry Baby, Serial Mom, Pecker and Cecil B. Demented. The musical adaptation of his film, Hairspray, won eight Tony awards on Broadway.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Scribner (October 21, 2003)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743246279

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Raves and Reviews

Interview John Waters has done more than any living American to give bad taste a good name.

Jonathan Yardley The Washington Post A treasure chest of arcane knowledge, all of it delightful, and all of it deliciously described.

William S. Burroughs John Waters is the Pope of Trash and his taste in tacky is unexcelled.

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