Christopher Sebela

writer, wronger, rearranger

the john hughes coffee cup trick

The two men hit upon an agreement: [John] Hughes could take mornings to do whatever personal work he wanted, as long as he got his Burnett work done in the afternoon. Still, Hughes felt an ever stronger pull toward the Lampoon, and later admitted to Nolan that he sometimes flew to New York and back on the same day, entirely on Lampoon business, without his overseer’s knowledge—taking care (shades of Ferris Bueller) to leave a full coffee cup on his desk to create the illusion that he’d just stepped out to the bathroom.

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