During the World Cup fundraiser I promised to make a video in Spanish if we hit $5,000. Well, you got there! I also promised books and postcards to the people who got us there, and they are currently sitting in a corner of my room getting ready to be worked on and sent out. Sorry for the delay. It’s been a busy summer.
In which John continues the Nerdfighter Book Club’s discussion of Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Are there unambiguous victories? How should we approach our understanding of and relationship with charities domestic and international? I look forward to reading all of your thoughts in comments when I get back.
In which buttons are confusing, but sometimes helpful.
I’m so bad at buttons.
In which John discusses his forthcoming trip with Bill Gates (yes, that Bill Gates), his health anxiety, the worldwide threat of mosquito-borne illnesses, health anxiety, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the tyranny of Hollywood in re haircut frequency, and the arrival of pre-roll advertising on the vlogbrothers channel.
Are you overwhelmed by the plethora of art and art-related activities going on in the world? We’re here to help! Here are some ideas for how to learn about what’s going on in the world of contemporary art.
I’m also pleased to announce The Art Assignment Book Club! The first read will be Dave Hickey’s Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy. Try to read it by August 1, and we’ll discuss it in a video soon after.
If you missed it, here’s my list of online art resources.
If you don’t want to buy Air Guitar or borrow it from your library, you can find a link to the titular essay here, and and another essay, “Romancing the Looky-Loos,” here. You can also read an interview with Hickey in The Believer.
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!
New vlogbrothers video! Our Old Friend Complexity: I talk about the role of luck in Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
New vlogbrothers video! Perfect Puff and Endless Interviews: Touring and Hollywood Press Junkets
Thanks to Sunny for letting me use her footage of TFiOS TX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAhpTBtnYH0
Hank’s album Incongruent is now on iTunes, and it’s great: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/incongruent/id868150391
New video! No spoilers. Reblog if you’re excited :)
In which John Green teaches you MORE about To Kill a Mockingbird. In this instalment, John teaches you about race, class, and gender in the American south, as seen through the eyes of Scout and Harper Lee. John will talk about how Scout learns about these aspects of the social order as she interacts with the people of the town, learns from Calpurnia, watches the trial of Tom Robinson, and endures the attack of Bob Ewell. You’ll also learn a little bit about Demi Moore and Mila Kunis, and John will ask just who is the Mockingbird, anyway? Not that he’ll answer that, but he’ll ask it.
On this week’s episode, John Green explores some (sometimes) mouth-watering regional foods from around the United States.