I like the pre-discussion discussion and have always respected John Waters for his refusal to conform. I didn't know what to expect and much of the subject matter isn't particularly germaine to me but I have found the book helpful in holding me to a standard I pursue of non-judgmentalism. I also could not agree with him more in his defense of reading for more than mere pleasure (Naked Lunch-do you hear me?) Looking forward to the Meet-Up!
0 · September 18, 2012
I gave this book a long pause after the Leslie van Houten chapter, the point at which I gather Jennifer Knight gave up, but restarted last weekend. If I can soldier on to the bitter end (and move a standing engagement), I hope to attend the MeetUp.
I must say the book has in fact broadened my horizons - I knew nothing of some of the phenomena covered - but I've yet to get to any part I would call "sexy".
If he had an editor, perhaps the book would be called "Models for Roles". I do not have the impression that Waters wishes he was Leslie van Houten... he says he would love to be Little Richard and then backtracks on it a bit, but really I think most of his subjects sparked his interest, more than true admiration.
0 · September 18, 2012
There are reviews of the book, including an audio excerpt, and author information, at
DPL is running short of copies, and besides local used book stores copies are available through sources like ABEbooks and Amazon for under $10 including shipping and arrive within a few days
0 · September 12, 2012
This is a terrible reason to bail on this discussion, but I just finished "reading" (listening) to the author read the book, but I could only make it through the first 1/3 of the book, then I had to toss it.
IMHO: It wasn't THE worst book I'd ever read, but it was right up there, or down there actually, as the case may be.
I don't think he had an editor. He really, really needed one.
He spent hours (2 hours on a 7 hour read) babbling on why Leslie van Houten (one of the Manson murderers) was one of his favorite role models, and I lost it after that. Waters is so utterly self-absorbed that he passed "humorous" & fell headlong into pretentious ad nauseum. I could NOT finish this book - & I almost never can't finish a book. It's like leaving a movie early - I don't do it very often.
I'm sorry, I'd be a total downer to your meetup, so I'm going to pass on this one. Hope you all have a wonderful time, & someone tells me Waters redeemed himself in the end!
0 · September 7, 2012