John Waters, one of my favorite directors, once famously said, “If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em!” In his new memoir, Role Models, he imparts this bit of wisdom:
“You should never just read for ‘enjoyment.’ Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior; or better yet, your own. Pick ‘hard books.’ Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for God’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, ‘I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.’ Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of ‘literature’? That means fiction, too, stupid.”
Speaking of Role Models, I really really want to read that book. I have his autobiography, Shock Value, and it’s awesome.