John Hughes, R.I.P.

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If you read anything today about the great American writer and director, who has died at the age of 59, read this.

And then watch this.

And no one asked, but if I were to offer Hughes an epitaph, it would be this line from David Bowie, used in The Breakfast Club, a stanza that pretty much summarizes a brilliant lifetime of work.

And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through.

Also, Richard Corliss, TIME’s movie critic, has written a fine remembrance here.