Edgy philosophy from John Waters


Notorious film director and writer John Waters turned his viral 2015 commencement speech at the Rhode Island School of Design that offered quirky, hilarious life advice into the book “Make Trouble.” On “Salon Talks,” the director shared with Salon’s Amanda Marcotte why he felt his speech, in which he told graduates to “go out in the world and fuck it up beautifully,” was sincerely meant as good advice.

“I mean, wreck things in a good way,” Waters said. He explained that he did not want to offer “Hallmark greeting kind of way that really means nothing and you can’t take the advice and do anything with it." Instead, he said, he wanted to remind the students that wrecking the world is their responsibility. “Every new movement comes from ending the movement that came before. So I say, don’t try to get on your parents’ nerves. Try to get on the coolest people one year ahead of you in school’s nerves. Then you can change things, right?” Waters told Salon.

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