Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching '80s Movies
I'm also a huge movie buff, so I remember spending an immense amount of time at the movies in the 80s, or watching ...more
I received an advance copy of this memoir from William Morrow and will be interviewing the author this month. The book won't be released until November, but mark your calendars now because it's a fantastic memoir about Jason Diamond's quest to write John Hughes's biography. Maybe that premise doesn't sound immediately interesting, but trust me, this is a great book. In general, I'm really picky when it comes to ...more
That level of detail about 80s pop-culture obsession, and the author’s honesty about his obsession with interviewing teen-movie auteur John Hughes – and desire to “make it” as a successful author – were what made me ...more
Jason Diamond's unflinching account of his struggle with inner demons and becoming a functioning member of society is, at times, dreadfully depressing. His childhood was far from pleasant. The only child of a physically and emotionally abusive father and a mother, who, at best, was inconceivably neglectful, Jason spent the majority of his teen years couch surfing at the ...more
On page 88, someone asks the author, “Why don’t you just write a book about John Hughes?” And on page 123 he decides, “I would write the John Hughes biography that nobody else had ever attempted.”
And maybe it’s because I’d actually want to read that book that it bothered me so much he never got around to it. I don’t mind that he started with himself. ...more
First, a warning. Don't pick this up expecting a light, nostalgic trip through Hughes' films. That's not what it is. Yes, the films are a big part of the story, but they're not THE story.
This is very much a memoir of Diamond's early years, living in the same area Hughes captured in his movies, but it is a story with a much darker undercurrent. Diamond shares the ugly side of those perfect looking suburbs that align with his experience of neglect and abuse.
It's not all darkness and despair, ...more
Dnf around p. 130, but was sure to skim & skip about further in to see if I could pick up a thread of something interesting. Nothing stuck, & soon enough I just jumped to the end. Nothing there either. Thus the abandonment. The following reviews sum up my experience.
Which often means, by the time I've come around to read it, I've forgotten the initial spark that grabbed me. Though, as a lover of Hughes' earlier movies, I'd say that was it.
What I didn't expect was to read about whiny, phony asshole, but that's what I got. ...more
After viewing his first Hughes movie, Jason Diamond was hooked. He felt as if the writer/director understood him and he knew through Hughes' oeuvre that, in the end, after all the angst and anxiety, everything would turn out okay. ...more