I sometimes think that English teachers consider it their sacred duty to drive the love of reading right out of kids. The books they choose are not the books I would pick if I wanted kids to feel like there were books out there that would speak to them, that would interest them, and that would open up the world to them.

“It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.”

John Waters, American filmmaker, actor, writer, personality, visual artist and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films: Pink Flamingos and Hairspray.

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