Perfect example of why you can be disappointed when purchasing something via the internet. I, being a John Water’s fan, read that he was going to be in Chicago at the Studebaker Theater. But the event was sold out. So I did what I thought was the next best thing – I got onto Amazon.com, typed in the name of the book, clicked on it and bought a copy. How can you go wrong with anything related to John Waters?
You can! OH, yes you can!
I received the book the next day as promised. But when I opened the box this tiny, 6 ¾” x 5 ¾” just shy of ⅞” thick, 74-page “book” slides out of its corrugated sleeve. Now, I’m not saying size matters, but I did think this was a bit ridiculous for, what did I pay? I think around $11 – no shipping but added tax.
The blurb on the inside, in blatant, bold black type announces:
“From an icon of popular culture, here is
inspiring advice for artists, graduates, and
all who seek happiness and success
on their own terms.”
was invited to address
a recent graduating class
Rhode Island School of Design.
This is his speech.
“I should say right off that
I am really qualified to be your
“I was suspended from high school, then kicked out of
college in the first marijuana scandal ever on a university
campus. I’ve been arrested several times.
“I’ve been known
fashions. I’ve also built a career out of
and have been called
the Prince of Puke
by the press.
“And most recently a title I’m really proud of:
“I am honored
To be here today
With my people.”
And then the book goes on for 60 some-odd pages with the wit and wisdom of one of the more genuine, deliciously delirious directors of our age.
But was my reactive strike to buy the book a wise decision? What did I think its pages were going to contain? I had no idea, but I knew this: I knew it would be worth a look see. And I was right.
Disappointed? No. Surprised? Yes.
And so goes the game the cigar companies play each and every time they place a special on the pages of their Famous Pages of Cigar Deals. (It’s a coincidence.) You really never know what you’re going to get. But, damned if I was either. I bought it.
Had I been able to see it, touch it, leaf through it, I may not have purchased it. But I did not have that option. YES! Amazon provides a next-to-realistic page-by-page look at the tome, but there is nothing like touching, feeling, smelling and then perhaps – purchasing the item.
Does this logic run through the veins of cigar smokers? Of course, it does. But The Price Is Right! And the ease at which I could buy the book was irresistible. Done. Done.