The World According to Wonder is the premier publication from the Hollywood-based production company World of Wonder, purveyors of fine documentaries and balls-y original programming including Million Dollar Listing, RuPaul's Drag Race, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Party Monster, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Inside Deep Throat, Monica in Black and White, Tori and Dean, and Becoming Chaz. They have created a book jam-packed with hundreds of photos detailing the often hilarious history of the company and the provenance of its productions.
The eleven chapters spread out over 390 pages are filled with pop culture anecdotes, illustrated with 290 never-before-seen original portraits of wowlebrities, principally shot by photographers Idris Rheubottom and Tony Craig.
Written by co-founders and award-winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the book is not only a celebration of 21 years of production and people, but also has a story to tell: When they began it was the dawn of reality TV and they track the rise and rise of this revolutionary genre through their modest triumphs and abysmal failures, sharing their passion for telling the stories of those on the margins of society.
Some of those featured include Pamela Anderson, Chaz Bono, Andy Cohen, Macaulay Culkin, the Duchess of York, Elvira, Linda Evangelista, Carrie Fisher, Heidi Fleiss, Larry Flynt, Perez Hilton, La Toya Jackson, Kato Kaelin, Lady Bunny, Marilyn Manson, Imelda Marcos, Kelly Osbourne, Camille Paglia, Joey Ramone, RuPaul, Chloe Sevigny, Ultra Nat, Dita von Teese, John Waters, Carnie Wilson, Holly Woodlawn, and many, many more.
World of Wonder is a rank, twisted Bauhaus of perverse creativity, dedicated to celebrating everything which is squalid and marginal. It is the ultimate antidote to the smarmy, prosaic naff-ness of red-carpet Hollywood. - Simon Doonan