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Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America [Ebook] ➧ Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America By John Waters – 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 Balti to San Francisco braving lone John Waters is putting Waters Hitchhikes PDF/EPUB ¾ 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 Balti to San Francisco braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers But who should Carsick: John PDF/EPUB ² we be worried about the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of TrashBefore he leaves for this bizarre adventure Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash John Waters Hitchhikes Epub Ú to finance films with no uestions asked a demolition derby driver makes a filthy sexual reuest in the middle of a race a gun toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage and a Kansas vice suad entraps and throws him in jail So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road.

10 thoughts on “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

  1. Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up says:

    This is a book in three parts The first two parts were 2 star at best At absolute best They were John Waters idea of a the best road trip novel possible and b the worst road trip novel possible Although he says he wrote them first I wonder if he didn't write them later sitting with his editor who was trying to get him to make something of length to publish as a book Maybe he just threw out this crazy idea being John Waters this is probably his modus operandi and the editor either said YES or 'Uou're going to do it anyway so go ahead'The third part is absolutely excellent It's the actual road trip from his home and office in Balti to his apartment in trendy gay San Francisco He sets out with a rucksack cardboard signs business cards printed with 'thanks for the lift' and his credit cards He meets some uite extraordinary people most of whom seem uite fictional creations that are try outs for future bizarre films he might make and checks in each night with his two secretaries back in his office What emerges is that John Waters is every bit as eccentric as everyone thinks that anyone who could make Pink Flamingoes must be He's a tremendously polite gentleman who just doesn't think the way anyone else does I'm not entirely convinced any or all of the book is actually true but it doesn't matter either way because it was 100% John WatersNote If you've never watched Pink Flamingoes watch it but don't read than a brief synopsis first or the ending will be spoiled for you Also don't watch the film or at least the ending unless you have a Very Strong Stomach and are not eating at the time Anyone whose seen the film will be nodding sagely at this point Don't ask just finish the popcorn firstview spoilerNotes before reading As Pooh said Time for a little something different Actually he didn't say'different' because he never wanted anything different just honey But he did say Time for a little something repeatedly And that's how I feel about reading it's always time to read something But something different after reading in the last few weeks Jean Paul Sartre's Huis Clos Libba Bray's Beauty ueen's Paul Burrell's paean to Diana Royal Duty the Vatican Diaries Room and a whole load of other books heavy and light I just want something really really different and I think Carsick is itI have to say Birth Control Is Sinful in the Christian Marriages and Also Robbing God of Priesthood Children was really different really really but it wasn't enjoyable or not in a conventional sense but it was a 5 star 'read' My Parents Open Carry was also very different but not only not enjoyable it was only a 1 star So with Pink Flamingos in mind I'm hoping John Waters will do it for me hide spoiler

  2. Diane Diane says:

    What a fun book In May 2012 cult film director John Waters hitchhiked from his home in Balti to his apartment in San Francisco carrying a tote bag and cardboard signs that read End of 70 West and I'm Not Psycho Besides a few clean clothes an umbrella and travel size toiletries Waters also had a stack of autographed business cards that said THANKS FOR THE LIFT which he would hand out to the drivers who gave him a rideBut Carsick is than just a travelogue of his hitchiking adventure First Waters wrote a novella imagining the best things that could happen such as meeting a drug dealer who would give him 5 million to make a movie meeting old friends who had died years ago and falling in love with a beautiful man In Part 2 he wrote the worst things that could happen like getting caught all day in pouring rain meeting crazy super fans being murdered and going to hell etc Some of the colorful events that Waters included in the Best part would fall into my Worst category because Waters hoped it would make a saucier book He even includes a playlist of songs to go along with each chapterWe don't find out what really happened until Part 3 which was my favorite section Honestly I wasn't crazy about the Best and Worst novellas and didn't start to really like the book until Waters began his hitchhiking adventure for real But he's such a good storyteller and I enjoyed Part 3 so much that it made up for the wackiness of the fictional versions Waters has 21 different rides from Balti to San Fransisco and only about half of the drivers knew who he was Some people thought he was homeless and tried to give him money Others didn't believe him when he told them he was a film director Waters did have some truly horrible days He got stuck in Kansas for what seemed like an eternity poor man But he also had some excellent times including getting picked up by an indie rock band in Ohio and making friends with a Corvette kid who gave him a lift in Maryland and a few days later drove all the way to Colorado to give Waters a second liftI'd like to praise the drivers who picked me up If I ever hear another elitist jerk use the term fly over people I'll punch him in the mouth My riders were brave and open minded and their down to earth kindness gave me new faith in how decent Americans can be They are the only heroes in this bookAs someone who lives in a so called flyover state and who hates that term I appreciate that sirFans of John Waters will probably love this book; he makes great references to his films and other projects and there are even some behind the scenes stories Waters comes across as a genuinely nice guy he's courteous and thoughtful and funny and he truly listens to people Hell I wish I could go on a road trip with him

  3. Edward Edward says:

    This is the first time I've been disappointed by John Waters Only the last third of the book is an account of his hitchhiking experience This slender work of nonfiction is beefed up with two novella one that imagines the worst possible hitchhiking experience and one that imagines the best Tedious very tediousIt's always been true that Waters is underneath his filthy persona a heck of a nice guy But here he's a little too nice Everybody is so darn nice Not one bad ride His only bad experience is bad weather for hitchhiking I suspect that stories about hitchhiking are really only interesting to other people who have hitchhiked what was your longest ride? where were you hassled by cops? who scared the bejeezus out you? did you get laid? That sort of thing Another complaint no pictures Waters mentions numerous pictures that were taken but none of them appear in the book I'm not saying it needed to be lavishly illustrated but some of the places he describes would have benefited by an accompanying photo I mean the jacked copy does describe him as a visual artist

  4. Lynx Lynx says:

    Most people in their mid sixties are content to stay at home and watch Law Order reruns but John Waters isn't like most people Packing his faux crocodile bag with the bare essentials Waters leaves his home in Balti with one goal hitchhike all the way to the door of his San Francisco apartment and write about all about itSeparated into three sections the best that could happen the worst and the reality John Waters unorthodox imagination and wild reality make this an entertaining journey perfect for lazy afternoons So pick up this book sit back and let the Master of Filth take you for ride355

  5. Ken Dowell Ken Dowell says:

    I'm over John Waters A story about him hitchhiking across America sounds pretty interesting But apparently he didn't think it was that compelling because the first two thirds of the book is a fictionalized version of what the trip might be like One story is of an Indiana cop who picks him up and drives him through the state popping poppers all along the way Before this ride is done they get out of the car and do a song and dance routine on the side of the road Sound preposterous? How about the one in which Waters gets sodomized by an alien which results in a magic anus which he uses to inflate a flat tire a little further down the road Those are the good imaginary rides The bad ones include an exploding goiter a puss leaking infected tattoo and in the ultimate bad ride a beheading Give me a break I realize that if you are going to see or read a Waters creation you should expect campy and trashy But I expected a little insight or at minimum some laughs I found neither Perhaps I should have looked at the back cover of this book before I started it All of the comments are about other books A bad sign When Waters eventually gets to writing about his actual voyage you can see why he felt the need to juice things up with some fiction You can romanticize hitchhiking but in reality it is pretty boring involving mostly waiting for rides and worrying about where you're going to be eating and sleeping I'm sure Waters has cult followers who will find this pretty intriguing I'm not one of them so I didn't

  6. Bertha Bertha says:

    Should have read the reviews I thought it would be interesting to read about a celebrity hitchhiking across the country encountering all kinds of different peopleUnfortunately the first 23rds of this book are ridiculous fictional stories of what he thinks COULD happen on the trip While I'm not offended by John Waters I had no interest in his non sensical porny LSD style fantasies A few at the beginning would have been fine but when they take up the first 65% of what's supposed to be a non fiction book it's irritating I like fiction just fine but that's not why I bought this book MEH

  7. Tosh Tosh says:

    Is it possible that there is anyone in the world who dislikes John Waters? Who by his very nature is America's favorite slightly wacko uncle Democrat Republican and basic citizen adore this man because he is so decent Also who wouldn't want to be John Waters for a minute or two In fact the beauty of his books Role Models Crackpot Shock Value and now Carsick is that we as readers can share the same breathing space while reading his words Often we don't want the book to be over but alas the last pages call out to us Carsick is a simple premise that can only work for Waters The great figure decides to hitchhike from his home in Balti to his other home in San Francisco The first part of the book is too good Almost impossible good things happen to him I had to re read the title page of that section The Best Could Happen and stupid me miss the a novella heading underneath the title It's hysterical of course and the second part is even better The Worst That Could Happen If it was just those two sections it could have been an Ace book from the 1950s where they used to print two separate novellas side by side but one would flip over as in upside down The third part is the truth and here he exposes the hardship of hitchhiking but it does have its rewarding moments Some of the people recognize him and some don't But what's amazing is the general kindness that he comes across as he goes on his journey Strangers want to give him money thinking he's down on his luck I think all of this happened because Waters just radiates 'good person ' This is very much a feel good type of book that doesn't suck

  8. Snotchocheez Snotchocheez says:

    25 starsIt's not like I'm a rabid John Waters fan I really admire the bizarro ideas rattling through the guy's mind than I appreciate any of his finished products Any self respecting cineaste can't go without at least sampling a few of Waters' oddities A few of them successful Hairspray and Serial Mom are my fave movies of his A great many just fall in the uirky dumb to uirky ick car wreck continuum like Female Trouble Polyester with Odorama scratch n sniff cardsincluding fart and airplane glue scents and of course Pink Flamingos where Waters' fave transvestite Divine vies for Balti's Filthiest Person Alive titleyecch Waters whole stock in trade as a filmmaker seems to be to push the envelope with uirky disgusting schlock without really backing it up with any substance There are few degrees of separation between Waters oeuvre and porn Yet I'm strangely compelled by him and have to check out what he does even if I know it's going to suck I've never denied being a masochistSomehow Waters closes that gap between his oeuvre and porn with his his ahem non fictional Carsick his chronicle of hitchhiking from his house in Balti to his apartment in San Francisco I'm not sure what Waters or his publisher were thinking here butholy crapwhy they felt they needed to embellish his account with fiction and not just fiction but old geezer wet dreamy boyporn was utterly beyond me Just so you know I'm not easily offended and I wasn't offended here just aghast but why? oh? why? It's like John Waters seems to think absent the visual medium to push that envelope you have to be ten times disgusting in a book than you do on the big screen The last third of the book with his real as advertised road trip was totally fine definitely four star worthy The first two thirds though? A never ending sea of reject road trip porn movie scenarios which were actually somewhat funny at first but became banal after the third or twenty third even instance of them

  9. FabulousRaye FabulousRaye says:

    Well it's John Waters and he's my Lord and Savior Seriously my FB profile says John Waters under religion and FILTH with Divine's speech from PINK FLAMINGOS under politicsI bought the hardcover version as a 37th birthday present to myself I also have the ebook and audio book versions I really really super like the latter because John Waters narrates it I enjoy hearing him say assholeI keep seeing reviews where people complain about the first two thirds of the book being fiction Hey Stupid he says right in the beginning that the Good and Bad rides are fantasiesWho cares about that Fiction or not it's hilariousI was slightly uncomfortable with the sex scenes but I uickly got over it Not cause he's gay I just never heard John Waters talk about his sex life and never gave it any thoughtSome of the book's material is recycled from his one man show THIS FILTHY WORLD I noticed it cause I've watched the movie version 167 times I did feel really bad for him when he got stuck looking for a ride in Ohio I live in this state so I know how weird and boring it is Luckily he got picked up by an local band and soon got on his way to another stateAnyhow whatever form you like your reading material in I recommend you pick this up It's fabulous and uite enjoyable

  10. Cindy Dinning Cindy Dinning says:

    Be warned it's a crazy graphic hilarious book I love John Waters and he did not disappoint It's not for everyone but personally loved it #dontjudge

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