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  2. Jun 2024
    1. Middlebrow Culture

      this nudges me to ask the question: what sort of culture was John Waters creating in the early 1970s onward?

      He was juxtaposing queer culture with that of the prurient, the comedic and the ideas of "trash" and counter-culture to subtly shift the cultural milieu in which he was living and participating. His satire and subversiveness made his content more palatable for the masses which also allowed him to make more mainstream material which still pressed the boundaries while allowing him greater access to audience.

  3. Apr 2024
    1. John Waters' Youth Manifesto by [[Cath Clark]], [[Tish Wrigley]] in AnOther Magazine

    2. “I have youth spies, people that report to me and I give them poppers for good information. But mostly I’m still interested in life. I don’t think it was better when I was young. I think the kids that are 15 and getting into trouble are having as much fun as I did. So I’m still curious. I don’t have fear of flying. I have fear of not flying. Always thinking that tomorrow is going to be better than yesterday.”

      It may require having something like "youth spies" to keep up with the more interesting parts of contemporary culture, and these can be used for expanding one's combinatorial creativity horizon.

  4. Oct 2023
    1. a montage of his many cameo appearances in TV and film (what Waters calls “fame maintenance”) capture his status as icon
    2. at the unveiling of his much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, filmmaker John Waters declared, “God, here I am, closer to the gutter than ever.”
    3. See Inside the First Museum Retrospective Dedicated to John Waters’s Unparalleled Contributions to Cinema—and Bad Taste<br /> "Pope of Trash" at the Academy Museum documents the director's films, obsessions, and creative processes.<br /> by Min Chen, October 14, 2023<br /> https://news.artnet.com/art-world/john-waters-pope-of-trash-academy-museum-2366964

      May have to crash this to claim my spot....

  5. May 2023
  6. Jun 2022
    1. “Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.” ― John Waters
    2. “Being rich is not about how much money you have or how many homes you own; it's the freedom to buy any book you want without looking at the price and wondering if you can afford it.” ― John Waters, Role Models
    3. “If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!” ― John Waters