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  1. Andrea
    July 10, 2010

    I love the idea of Gertrude Stein and John Waters being in a ring together. And, having happened to catch John Waters on The Daily Show recently, I feel surprisingly literarily aware. =) Good luck with the contest!


  2. Susan Young
    July 14, 2010

    John Waters is amazing. Speaking of remaking the classics, how corny was the “Hairspray” remake that came out a few years ago? I thought they totally lost the “Waters edge,” but I guess people who don’t understand that kind of twisted humor (poor souls) enjoyed the new version b/c it did well and is now a Broadway play. I’m glad he was cool with the new one though (which he said in the interview).
    I love the Stein-Waters literary cage fight concept. It reminds me of the “Which 5 people, living or dead would you invite to a dinner party?” question, which is always fun to think about.


  3. Colleen
    July 21, 2010

    Yes, Susan, I agree with you — “Hairspray” has become new work in a new genre. But one of the things I love about John Waters is that he can embrace high art, low art, pop art… I think that was partly why I wanted to include him in my column. He knows all the artists, genres and classics so well, but he’s soooo not snooty about the divisions between elite and mass appeal. In fact, he seems genuinely happy (and possibly surprised) that he has such a loyal and growing audience for his own work. Who would have guessed that he’d get *any* audience when he first started making his off-the-wall films?


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