John Waters Promotes His Latest Book, ‘Make Trouble,’ in a Video

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Movies have trailers. TV shows have “teases.” Book publishers are getting in on the act, too, with book trailers.

Algonquin Books has released a two-minute trailer promoting the latest book by Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, “Make Trouble.”

The 80-page book is an illustrated print version of a 2015 commencement address that Waters gave to graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, offering advice on how to make their mark in the world. The book trailer features Waters touching on some of the same ideas he did in his talk, to whet the viewers’ appetite for more.

“Hi, I’m John Waters and I like to make trouble,” it begins. “Know anybody graduating from college this year? If so, I’ve got some advice for those suckers.”

Waters goes on to explain why he’s the ideal candidate to give college graduates advice.

“’Why listen to me?’ you might ask. Because I’m perfectly qualified, that’s why. I was thrown out of high school and college, and I’m rich. I don’t mean moneywise. I mean I have figured out how to never be around assholes at any time during my personal or professional life. That’s what I call rich.”

Waters says graduates today need to be insiders.

“Who wants to be an outsider these days? Isn’t that sooooo 2016? You need to wreck things from the inside, destroy stupid values from a position of power.”

Waters predicts graduates will use their positions to “outrage outdated critics, design clothes so hideous they can’t be worn ironically, and use technology for transgression, not lazy social living. They’re going to horrify me, because that’s their duty, to make trouble.”

The full trailer can be seen here. “Make Trouble” costs $14.95 and arrives in stores on April 11.

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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