Hard Cover

HARDCOVER

On sale date: 04-11-2017

PAGES: 80

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 x 6.5

ISBN: 978-1-61620-635-2

LIST PRICE: $14.95

From an icon of popular culture, here is inspiring advice for artists, graduates, and anyone seeking happiness and success on their own terms.

When John Waters delivered his gleefully subversive advice to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the speech went viral, in part because it was so brilliantly on point about making a living as a creative person. Now we all can enjoy his sly wisdom in a manifesto that reminds us, no matter what eld we choose, to embrace chaos, be nosy, and outrage outdated critics.

Waters notes with irony that he is eminently qualified to be a commencement speaker because he was suspended from high school, then kicked out of college—yet he is a success doing what he loves best. Anyone embarking on a creative path, he tells us, would do well to realize that pragmatism and discipline are as important as talent, and that rejection is nothing to fear. Waters advises young people to eavesdrop, listen to their enemies, and horrify us with new ideas. In other words, make trouble.

Illustrated with slightly demented line drawings by Eric Hanson, Make Trouble is a one-of-a-kind gift, the perfect playbook for gaming the system by making the system work for you.

Meet the Author

John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented. He is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestselling memoirs Role Models and Carsick. In 2002, Hairspray was adapted into a long-running Broadway musical, which itself was adapted to a hit musical film. Although he maintains apartments in New York City and San Francisco and a summer home in Provincetown, Waters still mainly resides in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, where all his films are set. He is recognizable by his trademark pencil moustache, a look he has retained since the early 1970s.