"It’s kind of, ‘Who cares what you think about when I’ve entered a room? I only care what you think about when I leave.’"
"I have a book that I can’t believe has ever come out and it’s just called ‘The Love Of A Fag’. You know, and I love that title, I’m really happy I have that book… It’s in one of the guest rooms because it makes me laugh every time I see it. Or another, there’s this pitiful guy and it says ‘Enter From The Rear’. I think these books need to be preserved."
"My nieces and nephews have said to me, when we have a family get together and they come from out of town, “we’re not staying at your house”. They refuse to stay up in… the ‘scary room’ they call it. In my guest rooms I have my most alarming items… to discourage guests. My mother always said guests and fish smell after three days."
John Waters’ Raunchy Rare Books
John Waters photographed by Christopher Makos
John Waters by Richard Schroeder