Make Trouble – by John Waters


Make Trouble by John Waters 

Hardcover: 80 pages

Publisher: Algonquin Books (April 11 2017)

ISBN-13: 978-1616206352

Synopsis: When John Waters delivered his gleefully subversive advice to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the speech went viral, in part because it was so brilliantly on point about making a living as a creative person. Now we can all enjoy his sly wisdom in a manifesto that reminds us, no matter what field we choose, to embrace chaos, be nosy, and outrage our critics.

Anyone embarking on a creative path, he tells us, would do well to realize that pragmatism and discipline are as important as talent and that rejection is nothing to fear. Waters advises young people to eavesdrop, listen to their enemies, and horrify us with new ideas. In other words, MAKE TROUBLE!

Illustrated with slightly demented line drawings by Eric Hanson, Make Trouble is a one-of-a-kind gift, the perfect playbook for gaming the system by making the system work for you.

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Make Trouble is the script of a speech that John Waters gave at the Rhode Island School of Design with Illustrations by Eric Hanson. In his speech, Waters talks about the importance of pushing the limits and going against the “norm” – it is by doing this that you will “make trouble” and succeed.

Basically, Waters talks about the need to create your own path and not be a follower. It is a very inspiring speech, especially to anyone who works in one or more of the many “arts” industries. I could see this book making an amazing graduation gift for someone graduating from an arts program with a nice inscription in the front of the book.

However, if you work or go to school in a science of math program, this book probably doesn’t apply to you quite as much as there are a little more boundaries in those areas.

I must add: reading a speech and not hearing it as it was intended to be heard can always take away a little from the power of the words. However, in Make Trouble, Hanson’s illustrations help add that character back to the words of Waters speech, making it equally, if not more so, enjoyable.Read for a little inspiration to get you thinking outside the book!

Rating: 10/10

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Thomas Allen & Sons*

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