John Waters on what he's watching, reading and wearing

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John Waters give a bad interview? It can't be done.

The Baltimore filmmaker just chatted in his typical no-holds-barred way with Broward/Palm Beach New Times as a prelude to a Florida performance of his one-man show "This Filthy World." That he executed the phone interview without pants on was just one revelation.

In the two-part interview, done with the publication from his Provincetown, Mass., summer home -- while wearing boxers with a Gap T-shirt -- Waters talked about everything from favorite books and music to one of the outfits he packed for his recent cross-country hitchhiking tour.

Here are some of the highlights:

His favorite designers: Comme des Garçons 

The designer whose suit he packed as hitchhiking-wear: Issey Miyake. "People thought I was homeless," he tells New Times. "You know, wearing Japanese designers looks like you're homeless anyway, even when you're at elegant events."

His first concert: Peter, Paul, and Mary. The band came to his Catholic high school. He jokes that the school officials had no idea why the kids giggled during "Puff the Magic Dragon."

His current music obsessions: Harper Simon. Beach House. Goldie. Susie Arioli. Dirty Projectors, Beth Ditto. Justin Bieber. Zola Jesus. "All the Baltimore ones."

His current reading material: Just finished "The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw." He "really liked" "The Black Hole of the Camera: The Films of Andy Warhol." Wants to start "Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunce."

Stuff on his little nightstand: The book "Joe Dallesandro: Warhol Superstar, Underground Film Icon, Actor." A scratch pad for ideas. More books about film and art.

Where one might find him being a "dance voyeur": He says he doesn't dance, but he likes to check out others doing so at Baltimore's Lithuanian Hall. "The first Sunday of the month it's called "Save Your Soul" night," he tells New Times. "All the young kids dancing to music from my generation, which is amazing to me."

His summer movie rec: "Compliance." He caught it at a film festival. "It's based on a true story, about these hideous cases where these prank callers would call McDonald's and convince the employees to do strip searches," he told the publication. "It's really good."

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