About Kim Hoffman

Kim Hoffman is the creator of “Some Kind of Nostalgia.”

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That is not a current picture of her, but it was a great year for Halloween costumes.

The idea for this site came to Kim after taking the last class she would ever have in college. It was in that creative writing workshop where she realized she had a certain voice. Someone called it, “VH1.” She’s down with that, just as long as it’s relating to the Pop-Up Video, Aerosmith video era. Kim’s Vintage VH1.

Q&A.

Who and what are your greatest inspirations? – Creatively speaking, John Hughes falls under the ‘who.’ I was chosen as a guest author during “A Bright Wall in a Dark Room”‘s tribute to John Hughes week several years ago, and was really honored to write about him. Here is that article. To clarify, I grew up in the North Shore (‘burbs of Chicago) where said ’80s flicks were made, so, my fandom and nostalgia are interlaced. Another big ‘who’ for me is Pamela Des Barres, rock groupie legend, mentor and friend—along with her best friend, and another kindred doll-pal of mine, Michele Overman. I’ve always felt like I was meant to be out west, incapsulated by tales of Sharon Tate, the late Lizard King’s girlfriend Pamela Courson, bright blonde child of the valley Cherie Curie, and kids riding in beaters up Mulhalland Drive on a Sunday afternoon. The ‘what’ lies somewhere in that sprawling lawn, summer sprinkler, high school dance aesthetic. Midcentury culture draws me in at any era in time, especially canyon-dwelling sagas of rock ‘n roll, murder mystery and desert-seeking sabbaticals.

Where did the title for the blog come from? – The 1987 Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful.

Any other favorite directors? – Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant, Steven Spielberg, Amy Heckerling (I love that when she watches Fast Times At Ridgemont High she can still smell the way the Galleria Mall used to smell.)

Favorite films? – Sixteen Candles, Almost Famous, The Virgin Suicides, Carrie, Halloween, Foxes, Little Darlings, Paris Is Burning, Lucas, Valley Girl.

Favorite writer? – Sylvia Plath, Mary Oliver, Cameron Crowe, J.D. Salinger, to name a few…

Do you have a theme song? – Just Like Heaven by The Cure

Pick two alter egos and why? – Jane Lane from Daria, because she created a Jackson Pollack Tribute Dance, maintains genius observance as a wallflower, and thinks on her toes with just the right amount of wit. Claire Danes as Angela Chase in My So-Called Life, for a hundred reasons, mostly her aching desire to understand, her forward-thinking introspect, and how closely I can relate to her at most all times.

Kim is a published author, freelance writer for Curve Magazine, and contributes music reviews, interviews and retrospective pop culture observation to a variety of blogs and websites.

Basically, she’s ready to take on the world by storm. You can purchase her novel, Sun Block, on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

To propose any projects, collaborations, or to simply show Kim a little praise, contact her here: mail-to: kimberlyhoffman@mac.com

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Discussion

12 thoughts on “About Kim Hoffman

  1. Hi,
    I came across your pics and post about your John Hughes-related trip in the Chicago area. Great photos and great writing. Thanks for sharing. I am planning a trip to Chicago (I live in CT) to do the very same thing, and I had a couple of questions I was hoping you could help me with. 1. You took shots of Cameron’s house from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” along with the garage that the car comes crashing out of. Is the garage visible from the road? If not, did you sneak on private property or manage to get the owner’s permission? I’m hoping to see the garage, too, and would love to know how to make that a possibility! 2. I know it’s a long-shot, but any idea where Wyatt’s house is, from “Weird Science.” I know it’s in the Chicago area, and I’m assuming it’s in Highland Park, but I have found nothing despite years — yes, years! — of research. Sigh. Anyway, I hope to hear from you. Please send an e-mail. And thanks again for sharing. Good stuff!

    Posted by Owen Lockwood | March 2, 2009, 11:46 pm
    • Thanks for the response and the praise.
      To answer your questions, the front of the garage is semi-visible from the road, but I had to creep up onto the driveway a little to get a solid view. From what I recall, it’s less of a driveway and more of a gravel path. The back of the garage is visible from a small bridge back on the road to the left of the house. The back of the garage juts out into the ravine beyond the bridge. And you’ll be lucky if you’re planning a trip out there soon, because the forest will be less dense and you’ll have a really clear shot of it. When I went, it was in the middle of summer so the trees were lush and it was less visible.
      As for Wyatt’s house in Weird Science, from what I recall, that house is actually in California, maybe Long Beach? It was also shot in other movies like Donnie Darko and Not Another Teen Movie. I know that the same goes for the Bueller house (also in CA.)
      I hope that answers everything. And, thanks again.

      Posted by thehoff | March 3, 2009, 12:01 am
  2. Thanks for the detailed reply. Unfortunately, the trees will be dense when I go, as the tentative plan is for a summer 2010 trip. And, just so you know, I’ve seen things online about the Weird Science house being in CA and being the same as the Donnie Darko house. Believe me, it’s NOT the same house. I actually made a trip to L.A. in September 2008 to visit so many movie sites (BTTF, E.T. Karate Kid, Die Hard, Terminator 2, etc.), and when I went I did indeed visit Ferris Bueller’s house in Long Beach, along with Andie’s house from Pretty Pink. I had a blast, which I plan to do in Chicago as well. It’s just that it will be sooooo much more fun if I can find that !@#@%^& elusive house Wyatt lived in! 🙂

    Posted by Owen Lockwood | March 3, 2009, 6:54 pm
    • Awesome. I think I’ve checked this site out before, actually! I got some of the addresses to these film locations when I made the trip in ’03. Great photos inside Maine North, and I always love finding anything I can on Niles East. Such a rarity. I would have given anything to be able to walk through those halls or up the front steps. C’est la vie, I guess.

      Posted by thehoff | July 21, 2009, 11:50 am
  3. Hoff!! Much kudos for the virtual field trip to Hughesland 🙂 My main interests here happen to be the Illinois location scenes within The Breakfast Club and FBDO. If anyone has $2.3 million to spare, Cameron’s house could be yours. I recently heard that it’s on the market. I’m approximately 2.5 hrs away from these locations and plan to check ’em out too asap.

    Posted by Chad | August 15, 2009, 9:50 am
  4. Did you happen to see the “Live!” entertainment section of the Chicago Tribune last Thursday, March 11? There’s an article you would like.

    Posted by guest | March 15, 2010, 7:51 am
  5. it’s about a bit from the opening credits of “Sixteen Candles.”

    Posted by guest | March 15, 2010, 8:16 pm
  6. I’m not much of an emotional hoarder of things past, although I love your blog.
    Ps: have you seen the two Daria movies (aka: “Is it fall yet?” and “Is it College yet?” ). If not, this is something you must do.
    ALSO, have you seen “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”?

    Posted by gretchen | September 23, 2010, 5:03 am
    • Thanks for the praise. Glad you enjoy it!

      I have seen the Daria movies. Loved them, they really completed cliffhangers, loose plots, and obviously tied together the entire ending of the series. Amazing.
      I kind of wish they’d make a new Daria movie. Something about a high school reunion and Daria, Jane, and the others meeting up again, but the script would have to be so true to form, and Daria and Jane would obviously have to have some insane reason to attend/or not attend.

      I haven’t seen Scott Pilgrim yet, but I’ve heard great reviews. I’ll look into it!

      Posted by thehoff | September 24, 2010, 11:12 pm

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