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Mr. Know-It-All

The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

by John Waters

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Mr. Know-It-All by John Waters
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  • Published in USA  May 2019
    384 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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No one knows more about everything―especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling―than 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 world's 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 Waters' stars, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, and illustrated with unseen photos from Waters's personal collection, Mr. Know-It-All is Waters's most hypnotically readable, upsetting, revelatory book―another instant Waters classic.

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"An exuberantly transgressive American filmmaker gets down, dirty, and weird about life, art, and career...Wickedly smart and consistently laugh-out-loud funny." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Though not quite as surreal, Waters's musings are as funny and eccentric as his films; longtime fans will be delighted with the treasure trove of insights into his brilliant oeuvre." - Publishers Weekly

"Nothing can squelch [Waters'] outrageous imagination...If you don't laugh loud and often, check your pulse, then your breath on a mirror." - Booklist

"For once and future Waters fans." - Library Journal

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John Waters

John Waters' books Role Models and Carsick were national bestsellers, and his spoken-word shows This Filthy World and A John Waters Christmas continue to be performed around the world. Indecent Exposure, a retrospective exhibition of Waters's acclaimed artwork, was recently shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.

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