uns dias atrás assisti ao documentário this filthy world. trata-se do john waters sozinho num palco, falando durante mais de uma hora sobre a infância, cultura pop e, naturalmente, os filmes que dirigiu. transcrevo aqui (na falta de coragem pra traduzir) alguns dos trechos mais inspiradores dessa palestra motivacional da IMUNDÍCIE.
All young people need somebody bad to look up to.
When I was a child, the holy trinity to me was the Wicked Witch of the West; Rhoda Penmark, the child murderess in “The Bad Seed”; and Captain Hook. I prayed to these people.
The Wicked Witch… I was in drag only once in my life and that was as the Wicked Witch. I went to a children’s birthday party and I raised a few parents’ eyebrows, but it wasn’t so much I wanted to wear a dress, (…) but because I wanted to have green skin – something you can see as coming true.
I was the only kid in the audience who didn’t understand why Dorothy would ever want to go home – it was a mystery to me. To that awful black and white farm, with that aunt who was dressed badly, smelly farm animals around, when she could live with wing monkeys and magic shoes and gay lions. When Dorothy would be clicking her heels together, I would be the only child in the audience sobbing uncontrollably.
As a kid, the library saved my life. I mean, most everybody here likes the library, many of you probably had your first sexual experience at the library. (…) We have to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them. And DVDs don’t count either. I had a plumber that came at my house and he looked around and said “ahh, do you read all these books? I hate read. Turning those pages right to left, right to left, right to left…”.
Even as a kid I would go to the library and look at the card catalog and I’d look up things I wanted to read (…) and then it would say “see librarian”. And that pissed me off. So I found out where the “see librarian” books were behind the counter and I stole them, while they were talking to the regular children. So that just goes to show that if you’re a librarian today and a kid asks for “Naked Lunch” and he’s seven years old – if he’s heard of it then he’s old enough to read it.
(On his early movies) Next came “Roman Candles”, which was very much influenced by “The Chelsea Girls” (…). It was basically just home movies of my friends like Mink Stole shoplifting and wearing outfits they’d stolen from the paraphernalia boutique in New York. We were really good shoplifters. I had a special coat for records - and I don’t feel bad, because they’re the same records I pay 25 thousand each today to put in soundtracks to my movies. So they got it back, it only took forty years.
Divine was really good. I saw Divine walk out of a department store once holding a chainsaw and a TV. No one said one word actually.
A experiência de criar um poema é maravilhosa. Mas, como não depende inteiramente de mim, sei que corro o risco de nunca mais vivenciá-la. Se parar de fazer poesia, vou lamentar – só que não a ponto de disparar um tiro na cabeça. Nenhum poema, de nenhum poeta, me parece imprescindível. Dante Alighieri poderia não ter escrito A Divina Comédia. Ou poderia tê-la escrito de outro jeito. Novamente, tudo se subordina à lei do acaso e da necessidade.
ferreira gullar em entrevista à revista bravo