Author(s): John Waters
Waters dispenses useful advice: how not to make a movie, how to become famous, how to have a sense of humour even if you've been sentenced to life in prison, and perhaps most appropriately, how to most effectively shock and attract the nation's public. He examines the fashion sense of those on trial, assesses the current state of indie filmmaking, warns us what he'd do if he were President of the United States, and recounts what's been getting on his nerves in the past twenty-four hours. Reading CRACKPOT is slumming in reverse. See trash transformed to art before your very eyes. Watch as lowbrow fixations are elevated shamelessly to a highly original comic manifesto.
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.
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 Living, Polyesther, Hairspray, Cry Baby, Serial Mom, Pecker and Cecil B. Demented. The musical adaptation of his film, Hairspray, won eight Tony awards on Broadway.