No one is aware of extra approximately the whole lot―particularly the whole lot impolite, suave, and offensively compelling―than John Waters. The person within the pencil-skinny mustache, auteur of the transgressive film classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Grimy Shame, is likely one of the international’s nice sophisticates, and in Mr. Recognize-It-All he serves it up uncooked: the way to fail upward in Hollywood; the way to advance musical style, from Frightened Norvus to Maria Callas; the way to construct a house so unsightly and classy that no person however you can dare are living in it; extra essential, the way to inform anyone you like them with out emotional chance; and sure, the way to cheat dying itself. Via all of it, Waters swears by means of one simple reality: “No matter what you may have heard, there’s completely no drawback to being well-known. None in any respect.”

Studded with cameos, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, and illustrated with unseen footage from the creator’s private assortment, Mr. Recognize-It-All is Waters’ such a lot hypnotically readable, scary, revelatory Guide―some other wireless Waters vintage.

“Waters doesn’t kowtow to the won knowledge, he flips it the hen . . . [Waters] has the power to turn humanity at its such a lot ridiculous and make that humorous relatively than repellent.” ―Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

Carsick turns into a portrait now not simply of The us’s desolate highway nodes―despite the fact that they’re brilliantly evoked―however of American popularity itself.” ―Lawrence Osborne, The New York Instances Guide Review