Q:Team up with Taco Bell for the release of Looking for Alaska and make bufriedos a thing.
God that is such a terrible/wonderful idea. No one mention this to Taco Bell or Paramount or they will totally actually do it.
Q:What college did you go to? What field did you study? My dream is to write as great as you someday!
I went to Kenyon College in Ohio and I double-majored in Religious Studies and English.
Most of my Religious Studies classes were about Islam. I am especially interested in narratives about Islam’s spread out of the Arab world into Central Asia and West Africa in the centuries after the Prophet’s life. My thesis was about how the Uzbek people came to identify as Muslim, and how their conversion narratives are so vastly different from the “Islam spread by the sword” story that we tend to hear in the West.
For my English major, I wasn’t as focused, but I read a lot of 19th century British female writers, because that was the main interest of one of my favorite professors. But I also read a lot of American literature and ended up writing my senior thesis on this weird little book Mark Twain wrote about Mary Baker Eddy, who founded Christian Science, one of the most interesting and important religious sects to emerge in the U.S. in the 19th century. But I also wrote a lot about Keats and Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot and Toni Morrison and James Joyce and many others.
None of which has worked its way into any of my books, so…
the fault in our realtors
This is the John Green who owns johngreen.com. For many years, I wanted (desperately) to be the first person to come up when you searched “John Green” on google*, and John Green the Realtor was in my way. Plus, I narrowly missed the window to own johngreen.com, and I always resented John Green the Realtor.
(But really it was my fault: I told Hank in the late 90s that I didn’t want my own domain name because it was a waste of money and that I’d rather him build me a web site for my college “comedy writing” using a subdomain of his web site about Mars Exploration. “People don’t type URLs,” I told him. “They click them. So it doesn’t matter what your web site is called.” Other brilliant Internet predictions from me include, “Lonelygirl15 is definitely real,” “There will never be an Internet audience for widescreen video,” “MySpace is cooler than Facebook,” and “I don’t understand what a tumblr even is; it’s like a blog, but I already have a blog; why would I need a new blog?”)
Anyway, I know that some people on tumblr feel like I apologize too much, but I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to John Green the Realtor, who has done a great job with johngreen.com and seems by all accounts to be an excellent choice for your real estate needs in Southwestern Tennessee and northern Mississippi.
* I am deeply embarrassed of this ambition, but anyway this was in the days before google personalized search, when there was but one Internet for all of us.
http://paigelfinch.tumblr.com/post/85567782314/queer-hipster-potter-forever-and-alwaysIf your hair was a bit darker, and you put on a pair of round, wire rimmed glasses, you could pass as Harry Potter. Just sayin’…agreed
Intern Paige looks more like Harry Potter than Daniel Radcliffe does.
In which John Green returns to teaching World History! This week, we’ll be talking about the idea of civilization, some of the traditional hallmarks of so-called civilization, and why some people would choose to live outside the civilization model. It turns out, not everyone who lives outside of what we traditionally think of as a “civilized” social order is necessarily a barbarian! To defuse any tension you may be feeling, I’ll just tell you now, the Mongols are back. You’ll learn about Zomia, swidden agriculture, and even a little about anarchy!
Zombicorn by John Green
“I came to the conclusion a while ago that there is nothing romantic or supernatural about loving someone: Love is the privilege of being responsible for another. It was, for a time, what kept me going: Each morning, for a little while, I got to feel the weight of the yoke on my back as I pulled the ancient cart of my species.”
Sometimes I forget I wrote a (bad! intentionally bad! and written for charity!) novella in which corn monoculture leads to the zombie apocalypse. But then y’all remind me.
So, I have a strong preference for reblogging over original posts on Tumblr, even when I’m announcing something. Reblogging seems like the spirit of Tumblr: I have a website where I can just make a straight-ahead put-in-on-the-internet announcement if that’s what I want to do, and then I can link to it from Twitter and so on. Or go door-to-door saying “have you visited mountain hyphen goats dot com today, neighbor?” as my son, even at his tender age, has repeatedly asked me to not do.
So what we have here is one of the images that came up when I searched on “Wolf In White Van” without quotes around it just now. I don’t know what movie it’s from and I’m 100% ok with not knowing, honestly I prefer to believe it’s a hi-res cell phone video of something that actually happened, but there it was, anyway, early in the search, wicked as hell, heading not for the camera which you can’t eat anyway but for the boom operator, brave soul, still holding down the station as the wolf advances, drool dripping from its maw.
The reason why I searched on “Wolf In White Van” is I’m doing a book tour in the fall.
9/15 – New York, NY
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
With John Hodgman
9/18 – Durham, NC
Motorco, presented by The Regulator
Motorco Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, NC 27701
9/22 – Raleigh, NC
Quail Ridge Books
3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27607
9/24 – Nashville, TN
3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215
9/25 – Oxford, MS
Thacker Mountain Radio
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
9/29 – San Francisco, CA
Green Apple Books
With Robin Sloan
Make Out Room
9/30 – Los Angeles, CA
1818 N Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
10/1 – Portland, OR
1005 W. Burnside Street
Portland OR 97209
With Matt Fraction
10/2 – Denver, CO
The Tattered Cover
2526 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
10/5 – Dallas, TX
The Wild Detectives
314 W 8th Street
Dallas, TX 75208
Presented by WordSpace and Deep Vellum
10/6 – Austin, TX
603 North Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
With Joe Gross
10/7 – Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall, presented by Unabridged Books
2424 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
With Mairead Case
10/8 – Brookline, MA
Coolidge Theater, presented by Brookline Booksmith
290 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Complete information, or complete with respect to the subject at hand, anyway, with links to the events and so forth, is over at mountain hyphen goats dot com right now, so, you know, advance your wolf over there for the details.
I will see you soon!
So so so so so so so so excited for more people to read this haunting, brilliant, fascinating novel.
Links are back up! Unfortunately eBay refused to restore the existing bids and we had to relist. Thanks so much for your patience and understanding.
Rog and Davo from the amazing Men In Blazers podcast donated their World Cup blazers to fundraise for the Sarcoma Foundation of America! We’re auctioning them off on eBay over the next five days and 100% of proceeds from the auction will go to the SFA.
The microfinance website Kiva is doing its first ever $1 Million Match Day today, which means that if you make a loan which falls under the conditions of normal bonus loans (less than than 18 months and greater than 3 stars), your loan will automatically be matched. If you’re a member of the Kiva Nerdfighters, the nerdfighter team will be credited with, e.g., $50 instead of $25! Kiva Nerdfighters have loaned over $4 million overall to entrepreneurs around the world.
Normally when you join Kiva you get $25 to use for free but this is on hold for today, so if you’d like to take part in what looks to be the biggest lending day in Kiva history you need to use existing Kiva funds or add more to your account. $25 loans have a 98% repayment rate on Kiva.org overall, which means that more often than not your loan will be repaid and you can reloan that money to other entrepreneurs! Approved loans can be seen here.
NOT TO SPECULATE BUT
new Harry Potter story on the 8/7? Does this mean an eighth book in a 7-part series? ;) ;)
I LIKE YOUR THEORY, ROSIANNA.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart my favourite book I’ve read this year.
I keep thinking about it. And I finished it over 2 months ago!
I thought it was a good excuse to have a play around and design a few book covers for it.
Lovely alternate covers by fayemoorhouse.
Beautiful! Love this book.
Q:Were you a child prodigy?
I was a reasonably good elementary school student (although certainly not the best in my class), and then a not-very-good middle school student, and then a poor student for much of high school. (I failed my junior English class, and had to write essays about The Bluest Eye and Twelfth Night over the summer to get a D.)
Some of this had to do with intellectual challenges: I was a bit behind the curve when it came to abstractions. Like, I could not handle the idea of the equation x + 2 = 4, because x is not a number, so how is that even possible? My struggle with abstractions was also seen in my study of literature and anything that couldn’t be, like, memorized. (I’ve always been a pretty good speller, for instance.)
Some of my troubles in school also had to do with what in retrospect were social and mental health challenges. But I was very lucky to have teachers who saw a lot of potential in me and refused to give up on me, even when I was defiant and annoying and set off fireworks outside their bedroom windows. (Do not do this. It is not cool. It is just annoying.)
That said, I think it’s an oversimplification to say that I was a “troubled child” or whatever. By college, I was engaged and interested in many of my subjects and became, as my favorite college professor once called me, “a solid B+ kind of fellow.”
I don’t think it’s fair to see some kids as merely smart and others as merely troubled, or to think that kids who are performing poorly in school are simply miscreants/stupid/whatever. (It’s also unfair to portray kids who perform well in school or who have expansive vocabularies or whatever as inherently untroubled.)
Of course, none of this should be an excuse to give up. It can be really hard to try to stay engaged in school/learning/anything, especially when you don’t have the kind of support I was lucky to enjoy. But it’s also worth it. Learning is hard, and learning how to learn is hard, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It really is something that we have to do for a lifetime—or, more optimistically, that we get to do for a lifetime.
Q:Hi John, I listened to your earbiscuit last night where you talked about reconciling your belief in religion and God with the pain and suffering in the world. As a teenager who struggles to understand why things are the way they are in the world, I was wondering if you could explain your views on suffering and unfairness and the arbitrariness of it all and how you still manage to follow a faith?
Well, a lot of people a lot smarter than I am have spent a lot of time writing about the problem of evil. The problem is called, in religion circles, theodicy, and this wikipedia page has a pretty good introduction to some of the major theological (and atheistic) responses to it.
EDIT: That was meant to be a private response and now I can’t figure out how to make a public response private? Anyway, yes, the wikipedia page on theodicy is pretty darn good!