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John Waters: He killed a guy once

If you haven't read Rene Rodriguez's terrific Q and A with director John Waters, who appears Wednesday night at Miami Book Fair International, here's how it starts:

John "Filmmaker John Waters killed a guy once. In 1970 on an early Sunday afternoon, he and his frequent leading lady Mink Stole were driving in Baltimore when an elderly man stepped off the curb and directly into the path of Waters’ car.

"His body flipped up and landed on the hood with his face pressed toward mine through the driver-side windshield," Waters writes in his new book Role Models (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25), a collection of autobiographical essays. "This image so horrified me that I have used it over and over in my later films."

If that little teaser doesn't make you want to read Role Models - and see Waters at 8 p.m. at the fair - well, I'm not sure about you.

One note about the Waters appearance: Tickets are sold out, but there will be a first come, first served standby line, and fair organizers say almost everybody always gets in.

On another note: There's a Miami Heat game (against the Phoenix Suns) at 7 p.m. at the AmericanAirlines Arena, so prepare for traffic.


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