Jeff Stryker in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?

With the casting of Christian Grey, for the upcoming film adaptation of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey, in disarray, Vulture reached out to filmmaker and author John Waters to ask his opinion on who should be cast in the role:… read more

Justin Torres is Selected for "5 under 35"

A congratulations is in order for 2007 Lambda Literary Fellow Justin Torres who has just been announced as an honoree for this year’s 5 Under 35—a National Book Foundation program which “honors five young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award Winners and Finalists.” Torres, a Stegner Fellow and graduate of the Iowa Writers’… read more

John Waters: Roles of a Lifetime

“I am neurotic. But at the same time, I’m quite happy being neurotic. I think you must figure out a way, as Freud said, to turn hysterical misery into common unhappiness.” John Waters is primarily known as a filmmaker (e.g, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Hairspray), but he has also been an exhibited fine artist since the early… read more

2010 in Review: Best Book Covers

Judge a Book by its Cover? In a world saturated by visual noise, the book cover is perhaps the single most important piece of marketing collateral worth investing in. At cover meetings editors, art directors, and sales VP’s fawn over fonts, discuss paper choices, embossing, image rights, and foil stamping. Authors rarely have final say,… read more

'Role Models' by John Waters

While drafting an introductory letter to Johnny Mathis in his new collection of writing, Role Models, John Waters thinks: “Explain what? A role model? Someone who has led a life even more explosive than mine, a person whose exaggerated fame or notoriety has made him or her somehow smarter or more glamorous than I could… read more