John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
by John Waters
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The stunt book is a great American genre. For reasons of capitalism and lack of imagination, however, the stunt-writing industry took a sad tumble a while back, just about 118 years after Nellie Bly set out to travel around the world in under eighty days. Picture it: The year was 2007, and A. J. Jacobs published The Year of Living Biblically, while Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, began living eco-consciously (though his book wasn’t published until 2009, by which time the planet had already failed to be saved). “The whole ‘Set Time Period During Which I Tried To Make Myself A More Interesting Or More Debilitated Person’ thing is over, or should be,” wrote Emily Gould at Gawker in 2007. It was all downhill, if you can believe it, after Julie and Julia in 2005, the lazier and/or poorer woman’s Eat, Pray, Love.
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