Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
I need this today. Most books I like because they put me in a state - I like to be bothered, agitated and bewildered by books. I love to be disturbed and awestruck. This comes from being generally very happy. But when I am very sad and I need to be made happy, I turn to John Waters. I picked up Shock Value in New York and it is so brazen! His voice is unflaggingly vivid - he always sounds like himself, and that is someone who makes me feel empowered and inspired and excited about all the things that really excite me. Shock Value isn't the book, though - it's Role Models. Role Models is a masterpiece. Fran Lebowitz characterizes her writing as art history and I believe they are in the same genre. In Role Models, John Waters addresses fascinating figures from his childhood and books and art buoyantly as he ever does but with more authority than when he was young - a relaxed, confident authority that puts me totally at ease no matter what's troubling me. I once made an intricate wish-fulfillment-family-tree in which he was my uncle. David Lynch was my grandfather, Werner Herzog was my father, Isabella Rossellini was my mother, Dita Von Teese was my aunt, and Amanda Palmer was my aunt's cool ex-girlfriend who I idolize and who "liked" my Facebook statuses sometimes.