John Waters' books Role Models (2010) and Carsick (2014) were national bestsellers, and his spoken-word shows This Filthy World and A John Waters Christmas continue to be performed around the world. Indecent Exposure, a retrospective exhibition of Waters' acclaimed artwork, was recently shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. He is at work on a novel.
"That John Waters is a national treasure is a surety. Period. Thank you and good night . . . [Mr. Know-It-All] shows a vulnerability and an honesty and an almost frantic desire to impart to us, before he can no longer, his manic mantras, his obsessive treatises and his biting and blisteringly honest bons mots that are actually really enlightening life lessons." --Alan Cumming, The New York Times Book Review"[Waters is] an indefatigable coiner of droll one-liners . . . Whether he likes it or not, [Waters] is a Great American Institution. Or maybe he belongs in an institution. Either way, we wouldn't want to be without him." --Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times"In Mr. Know-It-All, the curtain is pulled back and Waters' life, a multi-decade exercise in adaptability, perseverance and ceaseless hustle, is revealed. The essays are hyper-driven with the caloric burn of nervous energy . . . Full of insight and scrappy, hard-earned smarts." --Henry Rollins, Los Angeles Times"That this Prince of Puke has become an accidental darling of American cinema and letters--an institution, however depraved--may be a dirty shame to [Waters], but it's a blessing for the rest of us." --Charles Arrowsmith, The Washington Post"On a line-by-line basis, [Mr. Know-It-All] always sparkles" --Katie Rife, The A.V. Club"[Mr. Know-It-All] is outrageous and, in ways that only the man who unleashed Pink Flamingos on an unsuspecting public could get away with, sentimental. It peers into the future with eyes both delightful and decadent, and looks backward with a nostalgia for things many of us never knew we missed . . . A delicious, deranged blend that may not be for everybody, and that's just fine with [Waters]." --Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun"There's no denying that Waters is a whip-smart . . ., funny, multitalented and unique cultural icon." --Alice Cary, Bookpage"An exuberantly transgressive American filmmaker gets down, dirty, and weird about life, art, and career . . . Comic and rude but always compulsively readable, Waters demonstrates that he is not only first among Filth Elders; he is also a keen observer of American culture. Wickedly smart and consistently laugh-out-loud funny." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Nothing can squelch [John Waters'] outrageous imagination . . . If you don't laugh loud and often, check your pulse, then your breath on a mirror." --Ray Olson, Booklist"Endlessly entertaining . . . Waters's musings are as funny and eccentric as his films; longtime fans will be delighted with the treasure trove of insights into his brilliant oeuvre." --Publishers Weekly