Book 90 of my 2016 Reading Challenge
read from November 13 - 21
Carsick by John Waters
Summary (via the book jacket)
John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads I'M NOT PSYCHO, he is hitchhiking across America from Baltimore to San Fransisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked; a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race; and a Kansas vice squad entraps him and throws him in jail.
So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? Hitching across America, Waters rides along with a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo; an indie band on tour; and his unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.
Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion - and a celebration of America's weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.
The "best case" chapters were great stories but they and the "worst case" chapters took up more of the book I expected and I was ready to move on to what actually happened. Note: don't eat while reading the "worst" chapters...they were disgusting.
He may be the first hitchhiker ever who had an assistant make his signs. He didn't sound pretentious when he said it, he just mentioned it as part of getting ready and it made me laugh because it was so unlikely. I was also surprised he'd never heard of Outback Steakhouses before, I didn't know they were a regional thing.
A Few Quotes from the Book
"Fantasies are like extra cash, they need to be banked for later use."
"He's off and I'm all by myself, the way everybody really is no matter where you are."