Jason Diamond’s Day Off

Or a long interview about his love affair with John Hughes

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Jason Diamond is an associate editor at Men’s Journal and the author of the forthcoming book, Searching for John Hughes. Prior to this he was an editor at Jewcy.com and Flavorwire, and he founded the literary website Vol. 1 Brooklyn. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Vice, Bookforum, Tablet, The Awl, Pitchfork, McSweeny’s, NPR, The Rumpus, and many other fine outlets.

In this episode, he talks to us about trying to both edit and write at the same time, his experience writing about Jewish pop culture for a Jewish culture website, the founding of what is quickly becoming a staple Brooklyn literary event series/lit website, cat Twitter and foodie Twitter, and how he was never able to write the definitive biography of John Hughes. It’s more complicated than you might think.

It’s like riding a bicycle, just hop on and start pedaling.

Since most of you reading this have been reading this newsletter for 10 weeks, I’m going to assume that you’re invested in what Kyle and I have to say, so this week we’re going to let you in on a few of our secrets. Mainly what we’ve been up to in the world of entertainment. This week you get Kyle, and next week maybe you’ll see what I’ve been into. Bold is Jeff.

I’ve been listening to Anderson Paak’s album Malibu (which I can’t really get into) and in particular “The Bird” and “Am I Wrong” featuring Schoolboy Q. They’re both funky and fresh. I still can’t get over Surf from Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment in it’s entirety, and for a totally different vibe there’s “Jonathan” or “Indiana” from Buck Meek. You should also absolutely follow the Spotify playlist ‘# 2016, so far’ by harrydomash that popped up in a Reddit thread about new music and is currently scratching musical itches I didn’t even know I had. (Gross)

More from my sedentary lifestyle that consists of watching tv: GoT of course. Please start watching “The Good Wife”- it’s seriously one of the best shows on television right now and is wrapping up it’s fantastic final season. Creeping through season 2 of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” to try and prolong the glorious exposure to Tina Fey/Ellie Kempur goodness, and slipping “Master of None” in there when I feel like a change of pace. Considering starting “12 Monkeys” on Syfy because of my experiences with “The Expanse” and “The Magicians.” Is anyone watching this show?

And as for ~literature~, I’m reading BRIGHT LINES by Tanwi Nandini Islam. I’m desperately trying to stick it out through the first chapter of OUTLANDER but I don’t know if he’s going to make it. Still reading THINKING FAST AND SLOW chapter by chapter, for about a year now. FATES AND FURIES looms on my kindle, but I’m holding on for the weekend when I know my life can survive losing hours at a time.

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