John Waters penning ‘Carsick,’ a book on his cross-country hitchhiking journey


A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo

Cult favorite John Waters is currently penning a book titled Carsick: John Waters hitchhikes across America where he shares the story of his unusual hitchhiking escapade from Baltimore to San Francisco in 2012 (you might remember he was picked up by an indie band in Ohio during that trip). It’s due out June 2014 (I know, I know) but is available to pre-order now.

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.

Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

This Filthy World

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, Waters is performing his one-man spoken word show, This Filthy World, on Saturday, November 23, 2013 (8 & 10 PM) at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, California. A few years ago I caught his Christmas show and it was fantastic. Dreamland News has posted additional tour dates for other U.S. cities. (I’ll be at the 10 PM Yoshi’s show, say ‘hi’ if you see me!)

John Waters’ one-man spoken-word show is a “vaudeville” act that celebrates the film career and obsessional tastes of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash.” Focusing in on Waters’ early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of the contemporary art world, this joyously devious monologue elevates all that is trashy in life into a call to arms to “filth followers” everywhere.

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via Dreamland News