New video: A Smidge of a Crisis
This is the special 10th Anniversary edition of Looking for Alaska, available for preorder as of like five minutes ago. The cover was designed by the great Rodrigo Corral, and the book will contain a new introduction, an extensive Q&A, notes from editor Julie Strauss-Gabel about the revision process, an updated essay by me about last words, and several deleted scenes from the early drafts of the book.
It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed. I feel so lucky that Alaska is still in print and still finding readers (some of whom were in preschool when it was first published). Thanks to everyone who has read it and shared it this past decade, and I hope you enjoy the anniversary edition!
Answering Questions about My Books
Hi! For those of you who are now around these parts, there are tumblrs devoted entirely to answering readers’ questions about my books. But they contain spoilers, so only go there if you’ve finished the books! The tumblrs:
If there’s a question I haven’t answered, feel free to submit one!
In which John wonders what to do with his life.
And it looks like we’re going to get there in two days. Amazing. THANK YOU.
New vlogbrothers video: Looking Away.
(Reminder that if we raise $100,000 to get clean water to people in Ethiopia, BILL GATES WILL MATCH IT WITH ANOTHER $100,000: http://water.org/johngreen)
A bonus vlogbrothers video from my trip to Ethiopia with The Gates Foundation in which Bill Gates and I discuss agriculture.
During my time in Ethiopia, I met many people who rely on health care outposts like the one seen in the bottom two pictures here. Through these outposts, children and families get vaccines, diagnoses, and treatment for diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia.
But most of these families, and most of their health care facilities, don’t have regular access to clean water. When I asked people about their greatest needs, almost all of them—from the Women’s Health Army volunteers to children—cited clean water first.
More than 45 million Ethiopians live without clean water. I spoke to women who walk miles every other day with heavy jerrycans to get drinking water for their families. The people I met explained how lack of clean water is a health problem, a financial problem, and a family problem.
So for the next week nerdfighteria is teaming up with water.org to raise money to build sustainable wells so that more than 4,000 people in Ethiopia can have clean water. Please join me in donating—or, if you can’t, in spreading the word. Thanks, and DFTBA.
UPDATE: Bill Gates has pledged to match the fundraiser if we hit our goal of $100,000 for Ethiopia.
Universal has optioned the film rights to the short-story collection Let It Snow, written by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Released in 2…
Question Tuesday: In which I discuss the purpose of metaphors, cheesy jokes, slaying, the hypothesized butt brains of dinosaurs, the etymology of the word orange, my deleted cameo in The Fault in Our Stars, and my favorite Harry Potter book.
Let’s talk about our stereotypes about Africa and how ridiculous they are. Also college!
In which John Green teaches you a little bit about drought, which is a natural weather phenomenon, and famine, which is almost always the result of human activity. Throughout human history, when food shortages strike humanity, there was food around. There was just a failure to connect those people with the food that would keep them alive. There are a lot of reasons that food distribution breaks down, and John is going to teach you about them in the context of the late-19th century famines that struck British India.