Searching for John Hughes

Searching for John Hughes

Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know About Life I Learned From Watching '80s Movies

Book - 2016
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In Searching for John Hughes, Jason tells how a Jewish kid from a broken home in a Chicago suburb--sometimes homeless, always restless--found comfort and connection in the likewise broken lives in the suburban Chicago of John Hughes' oeuvre. He moved to New York to become a writer. He started to write a book he had no business writing. In the meantime, he brewed coffee and guarded cupcake cafes. All the while, he watched John Hughes movies religiously.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062424839
Characteristics: 285, 8 p. ; 21 cm


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Aug 22, 2017

You know, I thought this would be a shallow, but fun read. Instead, it's dreary and self-involved. The tiny "a memoir" note on the cover should've been a clue. Like a lot of us who grew up in the 80s, Jason Diamond, who writes for (Another clue.), watched a lot of John Hughes movies. But this is less about John Hughes movies and more about Diamond's life and his personal relationship to the Hughes canon. I suppose he needed the Hughes angle to sell what is a familiar and poorly written memoir. I think there could be an interesting book about 80s movies, but this isn't it. A potentially interesting theme (Race in Hughes films.) is reduced to a parenthesis about how offensive Long Duk Dong from "Sixteen Candles" is. "Life Moves Pretty Fast" and "Back to Our Future" mine similar territory, although the latter is the most insightful.

Jun 06, 2017

To quote an Amazon reviewer: "I wanted to know more about John Hughes and his various movies - not the author's life drama." That sums up my feelings about this book that might have better served as a personal journal for the author to work on healing his relationship with his divorced parents.
The writing suffered from lack of editing; here's a run-on sentence example from a chapter opening: "Life, for my first few years in New York, was largely lived in bars. Everything else was my job I didn't like which I did to make money while I wasn't trying to write." Huh!?
The chapters, such as they were, had no titles or seeming logic.
I suggest instead watching a John Hughes film.

JCLOctavia Feb 06, 2017

The book was okay but it slows down half way thru and I had trouble finishing it. But the book does have a happy ending if you stick with it.


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