Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
by John Waters Author
Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” John Waters hitchhikes from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers.
But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers that transport the Pope of Trash?
Before leaving for his bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst things that could possibly happen: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films (no questions asked!), a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in a cell.
But what actually happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces open road? The real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.
Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion; a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.
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