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John Waters' Mr. Know-It-All: A Memoir of A Peculiar Life

Aug 19, 2020

Filmmaker, author and cultural iconoclast John Waters
Credit Greg Gorman

Tom's guest for the hour today is the celebrated Baltimore-based artist, John Waters.  He’s the director of 16 films, the author of nine books, a visual artist with museum shows to his credit, a spoken-word artist, an actor, and most recently, a pitchman for haute couture. 

His latest book, published last year and now out in paperback, is called Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.

It's part memoir, part advice column, and part peroration on the passing parade.  It’s a fascinating, funny, and insightful commentary on subjects as disparate as the nature of celebrity, and the snobbishness of restaurants, the art market and architecture, and it’s an often deeply personal take on the importance of family and friends.  Waters offers a behind-the-scenes look at the sausage-making of his movies, from his transgressive cult classics to his mainstream hits. And he ruminates unstintingly on his successes and his mistakes during a long career in which he has reinvented himself multiple times. 

John Waters joins Tom on the phone from Provincetown, Massachusetts.  Calls, emails and tweets are welcomed.