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Costume Party is a monthly column exploring fashion, personal style, and historical aesthetics in film. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Some Kind of Wonderful. The 1987 teen film penned by John Hughes may not be discussed quite as often as The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles, but it stands out for its more subtle look at high school life. The film is a soft-focus portrayal of boy-girl friendship and class consciousness,...
Jason Diamond is a fixture of literary Brooklyn. Founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, sports editor for Rolling Stone (with stints at Men’s Journal and Flavorwire before that), and owner of a spectacular beard, Diamond is instantly recognizably and widely loved—as a writer, as an editor, as a literary citizen, as a mensch. His debut book, Searching for John Hughes, comes out today, and so Diamond and I talked via email about his memoir, about...
Founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn and co-creator (with BOMB Magazine’s Ryan Chapman) of the epic book world party, The Mingle, sometimes it seems that Jason Diamond is everywhere in literary Brooklyn—and that’s a good thing. Keep an eye out for his new book, Searching for John Hughes, out this November. Tell me about the founding of Vol. 1 Brooklyn. What about Vol. 1 are you most proud? I was really just writing about music at the...
The moment before the first kiss is the apex of every teen drama. It’s those quiet milliseconds that send your stomach into momentary free-fall, the scene that sets the tone for what’s to come. The circumstances that lead up to the first kiss in John Hughes’s Pretty In Pink, released in theaters 30 years ago Sunday, serve as a summation for the entire film. As our protagonist Andie Walsh (played by Molly Ringwald) and...

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