I’m hesitant to even write this because 2016 is going down as The Year of the Reaper, but Happy Birthday John Waters. He’s one of my favorite personalities. One of the great things about his movies is they let you know what kind of person you’re dealing with when you ask them if they’re into John Water and they say “yasssss.”
If you’re a fan, I know you’ve probably got a sense of humor and a craving for weirdness. If you’re down with his muse Divine, we’ll probably get along. I’ve seen all of his movies, but I’ve only read one of his books, Role Models. It was totally solid.
This is going to be extremely controversial, but my favorite Waters movie is Cry-Baby. It was the first one I saw and it made me want to go see the rest of them. It also introduced me to the work of Iggy Pop and Traci Lords. I watched that movie a gang of times in middle school. It’s where I picked up the idea that vintage cars and leather jackets were cool, and old music was the best music. I like to imagine that Cry-Baby and The Outsiders shares the same universe.