“You should never just read for ‘enjoyment.’ Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior; or better yet, your own. Pick ‘hard books.’ Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for God’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, ‘I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.’ Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of ‘literature’? That means fiction, too, stupid”—Flavorwire » John Waters’ 10 Best Pieces of Advice for Functional Freaks (via fuckyeahjohnwaters)
"He pipes up immediately: “You like to read?” I pretend to be engrossed to the point of distraction and look up only to half-smile and nod. He tries again, “What is that?” I yawn, and show him the cover."
“All of this is not just a battle plan, it’s a vacation too. For instance: you don’t like the life you are living? Escape into another world by taking a lover. Men can’t do this. When they take on a woman she becomes part of their life, but a woman gets to change lives with every man she sleeps with. In fact men are like magic flying carpets; you can visit different lands, become rich or poor without working, become religious by marrying a priest, become a cowboy by having an affair in Texas, join the political game by blowing the President, and tomorrow get high with a pop star. Society is a wonderful thing if you’re a woman, you really can go anywhere so long as a man’s first priority is to get laid, and that will never change.”—Mary Woronov