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Here Comes Trouble

How to live the John Waters way


THERE’S A NEW breed of book that’s just right for today’s political climate: inspirational, illustrated agitprop, the kind of book you are given for your birthday. Or, if John Waters has his way, as a graduation present.

Waters, the 70-yearold cult director of camp, transgressive and riotously funny American movies— notably Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble in the early 1970s, and Hairspray and Cry-Baby in the late 1980s—has turned his attention to the millennial generation. His new book, Make Trouble, is the direct transcript of a rebellious, inspirational speech he gave to Rhode Island School of Design graduates in 2015.

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WHEN BILLIONAIRES ATTACK MR. Monopoly, that mustachioed fat cat, was about as close as most Americans got to a New York City billionaire until candidate Donald Trump started flying his jet to their villages last year. Now they are practically an everyday sight, because President Trump has coaxed a pack of them out of their penthouses and private jets to either join his Cabinet or sit on his councils and advisory boards. Trump voters know they’ve had a government for billionaires, that’s one reason they’re so mad, but to have one by billionaires means the Mighty Oz is now setting the nation’s agenda, and there is no curtain.