"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
From "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 2 (2003)
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Created by Charles Atlas, the opening for "Stories" is a gloss on the classic “Masterpiece Theater” host introduction. Filmmaker John Waters greets the audience dressed for the part in a checkered smoking jacket and surrounded by his extensive collection of art books in his Baltimore home. “Good art provokes and inspires,” declares Waters. For Waters, “a strong reaction” is an important measure of success. “Not everyone likes the stories I tell,” Waters modestly remarks.