Show Business: Overdosing on Bad Dreams

A new book casts dim light on the life of John Belushi

By the time that John Belushi finally bought it, in the winter of 1982, he had already made a considerable and enthusiastic investment in his own destruction. He had also bought, whole, every sorry, second-rate dream of success that American pop culture has to offer: the performer as outlaw, the outlaw as sha man; self-immolation as the fulfillment of a creative spirit that burns too hot to contain or understand; drugs as recreation, revelation and social challenge, a turn-on for talent, a...

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