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Mr. Know-It-All
Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder | John Waters
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No one knows more about everythingespecially everything rude, clever, and offensively compellingthan John Waters. The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, the original Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the worlds great sophisticates, and in Mr. Know-It-All he serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself. Through it all, Waters swears by one undeniable truth: Whatever you might have heard, there is absolutely no downside to being famous. None at all. Studded with cameos of Waterss stars, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, and illustrated with unseen photos from Waterss personal collection, Mr. Know-It-All is Waterss most hypnotically readable, upsetting, revelatory bookanother instant Waters classic. Waters doesnt kowtow to the received wisdom, he flips it the bird . . . [Waters] has the ability to show humanity at its most ridiculous and make that funny rather than repellent. Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Carsick becomes a portrait not just of Americas desolate freeway nodesthough theyre brilliantly evokedbut of American fame itself. Lawrence Osborne, The New York Times Book Review
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Exciting day today.

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Mehso-so

I am a fan of John Waters' movies. I was very excited to read this book. Unfortunately, liking his movies does not mean liking his books. I enjoyed the chapters where he went behind the scenes of his movies. I hated everything else. His writing came across as preachy at times, and boring at others. This book was a disappointment for me.

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Dorianna
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I wish I was half as witty as John Waters. In his latest book Waters offers up “self help” tips and also essays that go from strange to, well, more strange. For those into audiobooks, it is read by the author and has an interview at the end.

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Dorianna
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In which John Waters takes Paul Reubens to a biker bar.

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Dorianna
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Evening plans.

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belacat
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Spread your wisdom, oh wise one. I am a sponge!

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