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‘Filth elder’ John Waters explores his ‘Role Models.’

Author and filmmaker John Waters

For more than 40 years, John Waters has been one of the most original voices in contemporary pop culture. His films, including “Pink Flamingos,” “Desperate Living,” “Polyester,” “Hairspray” and “Pecker,” brought the underground and independent creative spirit to mainstream audiences.

Waters is also the author of several books, including his latest, “Role Models,” released last month. In “Role Models,” Waters pays homage to the people, some famous, some not, who helped to make him who he is today.

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Foxy Brown at Outwrite

Actress Pam Grier will sign copies of her new book Foxy: My Life in Three Acts tonight at Outwrite

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‘Mama Deb’ finds happy ending to grim fairy tales

Debi Lowry is already a bit of a legend in gay Atlanta: a fixture on dance floors and at charitable fundraisers, a surrogate mother to the dozens of gay men who affectionately know her as Mama Deb. As much as Lowry revels in her popularity and being able to offer a compassionate shoulder to those who feel turned away from their biological families, she was unsatisfied by the thought of her legacy being limited to her being a social butterfly.

“When I’m gone, when I die, I want to have had an impact on someone else’s life — I don’t want it to be just, ‘Oh, she was a really nice person’ or ‘She made me laugh,’” Lowry says. “If I can change their lives for the better, I absolutely have to do that.”