Get 'Carsick' with John Waters on June 3

Waters' latest book, a saga of hitchhiking in the 21st century as only he could tell it, set for late spring release

  • Myersville Councilman Brett Bidie and John Waters on the road. "He's" the first republican I'd ever vote for." Waters told the New York Times f his new friend. (photo provided by Brett Bidle)
Myersville Councilman Brett Bidie and John Waters on the road.… (Handout )
March 21, 2014|By Chris Kaltenbach | The Baltimore Sun

Remember how John Waters hitchhiked across the U.S. in the spring of 2012 -- part of the research, he said, for his next book?

Well, the long wait is finally (almost) over.

"Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America" is set to be released June 3 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book, Waters says, will be separated into three parts:

-- First, he ruminates over the best rides he could have had (sample from's blurb: "a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked").

-- Then, it's the worst rides he could have had ("a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail").

-- In the third section, we finally hear about the ride he did have, which includes encounters with an 81-year-old farmer who's convinced he's a hobo, a rock band on tour and (in an encounter we wrote about in The Sun shortly after it happened) a 20-year-old Republican town councilman from Myersville in Frederick County.

Could this be the Waters version of John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley?" We'll soon find out...

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.