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Watch John Waters Read ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’


Are you over watching celebrity after celebrity read 50 Shades of Grey for laughs? Then rejoice, for John Waters has totally got you covered. Open Culture points us to a clip in which the Pope of Trash reads the steamiest passage from Lady Chatterley’s Lover — which we would refer to as the 50 Shades of Grey of its time, if only the comparison wouldn’t make poor D.H. Lawrence roll over in his grave. The video comes via San Francisco’s legendary City Lights bookstore, which recruited Waters to do the reading in honor of Banned Books Week. Click through to watch him savor this oft-censored classic’s dirtiest descriptions — but make sure you put on your headphones first, because this stuff is as delightfully NSFW now as it was in 1928.