Monday, July 7, 2014

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters, 322 pages

My best friend used to LOVE John Waters. I was exposed to his films because of her. He is one weird dude. His films demonstrate this, especially the earlier ones. I saw one of his art shows at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Equally weird. So, reading a book by him seemed in order. I didn't actually realize he had written others, so this is the first I've read.
John Waters decides he will hitchhike from his residence in Baltimore to his residence in San Francisco. But how will it go? Will people recognize him and be more inclined to pick him up? Or maybe, knowing his reputation and tendency toward the perverse, be less inclined to pick him up?
The book is set up in 3 parts: in the first, he imagines the trip with the best rides possible: think, at each new stop, he is picked up immediately and mostly by attractive men (John Waters is gay). In the second, the worst rides possible: think, drunk drivers, people who hate cult film directors, etc. And finally, how it really happened: read to find out.
The book was very entertaining, especially the imagined parts, and it gave a little peek into the very demented mind of John Waters, if you weren't already familiar with it from his films.
This book is definitely not appropriate for childrens or young adults, really. And ultimately, it will be better enjoyed if you are already a John Waters fan, as there are many references to his movies throughout.
P.S. There are also many songs referenced in the book, that are playing in the various vehicles that pick him up. Hearing them gives the scenes some context. If you look on YouTube, several people have created playlists of these songs. Bonus!

No comments:

Post a Comment