Jason Diamond and Ben Tanzer in conversation with Michael Phillips
Maintaining authenticity and pursuing one’s dreams are central concerns in the memoirs of Jason Diamond and Ben Tanzer, both of whom draw from their deep Chicago connections in very different ways. In “Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching '80s Movies,” Diamond recalls his infatuation with Hughes’ iconic films and how they provided him with the inspiration and comfort to become a writer. Diamond, the culture and sports editor at Rolling Stone, has contributed to publications ranging from Paris Review to New Republic and Pitchfork. Tanzer, author of “Be Cool – a memoir (sort of),” writes essays about coming of age and is the person behind “This Blog Will Change Your Life, a place for finding cool stuff that just might change your life.” Diamond and Tanzer will bring their wit and charm to the conversation led by Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, who has been a guest host on Turner Classic Movies and appears monthly on the WBEZ program “Filmspotting.”
Saturday, June 10, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Jones College Prep/4th Floor/4038
Jason Diamond is the author of the memoir "Searching for John Hughes." He's the Cultire & Sports Editor at Rolling Stone, founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and has been published by the New York Times, Paris Review, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, New Republic, Pitchfork, and many other publications.
Michael Phillips (Moderator)
Michael Phillips is the film critic of the Chicago Tribune, and as a guest host on Turner Classic Movies he has introduced everything from “Citizen Kane” to “Escape from New York.” He appears monthly on the Chicago Public Radio program Filmspotting, and for WFMT-FM, he wrote and hosted “The Film Score: Music for Memorial Day.”
Ben Tanzer is the author of the newly released book Be Cool - a memoir (sort of), among others. He also oversees the lifestyle empire This Blog Will Change Your Life (changeyourlifethiswill.com) and frequently speaks on the topics of messaging, podcasting, social media, blogging, fiction/essay writing and independent publishing.