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John Waters talks about his first novel


Filmmaker, artist, author, and general cultural icon John Waters visits the podcast this week to talk about his debut novel, “Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance.” The book features three generations of women in the Sprinkle family and their very complicated (and antagonistic) relationships with each other. The first of them we meet is Marsha, an unrepentant thief and general misanthrope; but Waters says he still wants us to support her.

“She’s so crazy and so terrible you can’t believe it at first,” Waters says. “And she’s pretty serious about herself, as all fanatics are. No one in this book has a lot of a sense of humor about themselves, which I think can be played in a fun way – similar to when I did a movie, the main thing I I told each actor was, “Never wink at the audience.” . Say it like you believe every word. “

Credit…Greg Gorman

Also on this week’s episode, Elizabeth Harris discusses this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners; and Dwight Garner and Jennifer Szalai talk about books they recently reviewed. John Williams is the host.

Here are the books discussed by Times reviewers this week:

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