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Books about outsiders

Role ModelsRole Models by John Waters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
John Waters, the legendary cult filmmaker, writes about a variety of people who interest and fascinate him, many of whom he's been privileged enough to meet and interview in person. From Johnny Mathis to Little Richard, to a former member of the Manson family to gay pornographers, Waters seeks out musicians, artists, and others who have impacted him in some way. As you might expect, it's not always pleasant or tasteful, but it's always interesting and thoughtful.


Cowboys and AliensCowboys and Aliens by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I read this in anticipation of the movie coming out this summer and found it really disappointing. It seems more like a frame rather than a full story. An alien ship crash-lands in the frontier West as settlers fight with the local Indian population. The aliens then try to take over. The obvious likenesses between the alien takeover and the encroaching of the white man is exploited in a heavy-handed manner. The characters - except the aliens, who nothing but menace - are forgettable cardboard cut-outs

Perhaps the movie will add more, developing the characters and story more fully. To be successful, it will have to.



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