John Waters' new book, "Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder"

Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, John Waters' new book, sounds like a demented must-have:

It “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.'”

He devotes an entire chapter in the book to dropping acid at age 70, which he describes in a recent interview with the Washington Blade:

That’s something that I did that I thoroughly enjoyed. I think if there’s a sentimental chapter in the book about friendship, then maybe that is that. If I had known how strong the LSD was that I took, I probably would have been uptight. But I didn’t and it was great. I spent eight months getting the right acid from the purest source I could find, practically from Timothy Leary’s asshole... But the provenance of it was high and it was great. I don’t have to ever do it again. Just like I don’t have to ever hitchhike across the country again. Why would I? I did it...

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John Waters' favorite 10 films for 2017 include: 'Baby Driver,' 'Tom of Finland,' and 'Wonder Wheel'

At the end of each year, "filth elder" John Waters shares his top 10 favorite films in Artforum magazine.

Here is his top picks for 2017:

1. Baby Driver (Edgar Wright): 2. I, Olga Hepnarová (Petr Kazda & Tomáš Weinreb); 3. The Strange Ones (Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein); 4. Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello); 5. Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes); 6. Graduation (Christian Mungiu); 7. The Wizard of Lies (Barry Levinson); 8. Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd); 9. Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen); 10. Tom of Finland (Dome Karukoski)

Be sure to check out the full article to read his thoughts on each film. For example, here is what he had to say about Baby Driver:

The best movie of the year is a popcorn thriller, an art film, and a gearhead classic that grossed over $100 million. It deserved to! Watching the star turn of Ansel Elgort was like seeing John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever for the first time.

The filmmaker is currently touring the U.S. for A John Waters Christmas, his spoken-word holiday show.

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