John Waters, Patti Smith, Dave Eggers, Ian Frazier, and more at Miami Book Fair International
exhausting and awesome, waiting for next year
Obviously, we at THL love the Miami Book Fair International in a way this is sort of creepy and borderline obsessive. We held a week in honor of John Waters, Dirty Boy!, and to which a bunch of friends contributed their visions of the great man.
Sure, Waters said some things I’d heard him say before, but he also said things I’d never heard and gave advice to burgeoning filmmakers, like use your friends’ music, otherwise you’ll end up paying for the rights to use other songs. He spoke quite a bit about Divine (his parents owned a nursery and made him dress as Santa for Christmas), how he and Divine were asked to leave the beach in Kew West, because they just looked like perverts, one skinny, one large. How reading Tennessee Williams’ short stories as a kid saved his life. I also felt like there was hope for me when I read Tennessee Williams’ short stories and plays as a kid, with all of their oddities and strangenesses, and I’m a straight girl. A strange one, but whatever.