A writer goes Searching For John HughesIn the s, few films resonated with teens as much as those by John Hughes. Portraying teen life in the Chicago suburbs, films like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club coupled humor with angst to portray the bittersweet experience of adolescence. The result is mixed, as Diamond combines incautious candor and self-pity in his arduous decade-long adventure. His first project: a biography of John Hughes. But Diamond soon lets this obsession consume him. Diamond often permits his self-pity to get the best of him, endlessly recounting moments of rejection—from editors, agents, parents, friends—which finally wear the reader down.
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Jason Diamond and I passed like two sinking ships in the night. At basically the same age and location during the '80s and '90s on the North Shore of Chicago, we each grew up suffering the indignity of abusive parental units and a constant feeling of genuinely not belonging amongst our peers. We experimented with being bad Like Diamond, I sought refuge among punks. Like Diamond, I was deeply interested in the fact that John Hughes, writer and director of several of the unarguably best and most timeless teen movies ever made, lived among us. You might run into him at the Jewel-Osco. He might be getting gas at the 7-Eleven.
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Dnf around p. Nothing there either. Thus the abandonment. The following reviews sum up my experience. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Being born in , I pretty much grew up with John Hughes films. Diamond, a former Chicagoan like Hughes, fills his book with analysis and memories of the movies he grew up with and wanted to live in. During that period, he also spends a lot of time in coffee shops writing, struggling to decide exactly what it is he wants to create. He works on the Hughes biography for years, and sections of it are included here. This book, while Hughes-centered in places, works best as the story of a budding artist trying to find his way. I got increasingly frustrated at the several near misses with meeting Hughes and the many moments where Diamond backed out of talking to people with real ties to the filmmaker.
I had been on kind of a losing streak professionally, and I was feeling really defeated about a lot of things. I got to thinking about the last time I had felt so down, or if there was something I could recall that was even worse. And I immediately clicked back to when I came to this realization after several years that I'd been trying to write a book that I had no business writing. It's a pretty hard thing to accept. So that started making me feel a little better, and I started thinking, "Maybe I should write about that. I wanted to write something like that, because that's how I looked at my life for those couple of years. When I started talking to editors, the one I liked the most was like, "I want to know about your entire life," and honestly, [the idea] had never even dawned on me until that moment.