Fascinating article on John Waters in the sorta-kinda-maybe most recent issue of New York magazine. It's the most recent one to appear in my mailbox, anyway.
Besides being a very entertaining piece, it was also enlightening to me and provided a nice bit of writer's inspiration... check this out:
Waters is unusually regimented. He wakes up at exactly 6:10 every morning and reads newspapers and drinks tea until 8. He starts writing “right at eight o’clock—not 8:01, not 7:59,” and works until lunchtime. Waters is rigidly devoted to these morning sessions, and his hired wife plans his travel accordingly. He will go somewhere a day early or stay a day late rather than fly in the morning, even if it means staying at an airport hotel, “because I need to write five days a week,” he says firmly. “As far as I can remember I have done that, at least for 25 years. I most never miss a day. When I was young and went out every night—like during the days of Multiple Maniacs and Pink Flamingos—I don’t know how I did it. I took pills and smoked pot every day, but I still made those movies. I don’t think I was as stringent in my Swiss personality, as I call it, but I did make those movies.”
Now that's regiment. Not sure I can carve out such a strict gameplan for myself, but it's given me some food for thought. And speaking of food... if I didn't dig John Waters before (which I did), I would after reading this:
Even his misbehaving is methodical. On weekends he “eats irresponsibly.” (The rest of the week he prepares his meals from recipes in Cooking Light magazine.)
Cooking Light magazine. Awesome. He and I could totally start our own recipe club.