Hank Green talks about growing up. I love this.
World’s Smallest Animals
In which Hank talks about the smallest animals in the world in a variety of categorizes, moving from vertebrates to reptiles to amphibians to fish to birds to mammals to primates to dogs to horses to cats.
We call them ‘curse words’ and we don’t think about that; but what we’re saying here is that they’re magic. Because I think deep down we always knew that words are magic. And some words have more power than others … We can build worlds with words. We can tear worlds down. Language is the tool that all of this wonderful stuff I’m surrounded by is built on. It’s the one tool over any other that created humanity. And it’s just so goddamn motherfucking beautiful.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Tour de Nerdfighting 2012
In January of 2012, Hank and I (and the Katherine and occasionally the Yeti) will be going on tour to celebrate the publication of The Fault in Our Stars, and also because we haven’t been on tour together since 2008. These events will feature music, readings, hilarity, free posters, fancy programs, crossword puzzles, book signing, and many other things.
Tickets are available by contacting the bookstores involved in each event. For almost all events, tickets cost the price of a book. Part of the reason we’re touring is because we want to support great independent bookstores. (Incidentally, all books on tour will be BOTH signed AND hanklerfished.) Tickets are limited by the size of the venue.
I’m sorry we aren’t going everywhere (and particularly sorry we’re missing the great midwest, but it is January, after all). A few more dates will be announced in the next week or so, but for now:
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10TH - 7:00 PM
Dana Hall School (45 Dana Rd., Wellesley, MA 02482)
Hosted by the Wellesley Booksmith. More info here at their site or by calling 781.431.1160.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11th - 6 PM
NEW YORK, NY
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (Broadway & 95th)
Tickets at their site or by calling 212.864.5400
NOTE: Tickets are $25 (but do include a book), because everything is more expensive in New York.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th - 7 PM
The Crystal Ballroom at the Bethesday Hyatt regency (7400 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814)
Hosted by Politics & Prose - Tickets at 202.364.1919
SATURDAY JANUARY 14TH - 6 PM
Ravenscroft School (7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615)
Hosted by Quail Ridge Books - Tickets at 919.828.1588
SUNDAY JANUARY 15TH - 7 PM
Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College (141 East College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030)
Hosted by Little Shop of Stories - Tickets at 404.373.6300
(Then there will be events in Birmingham, AL and New Orleans, LA, but I don’t know when or where yet.)
FRIDAY JANUARY 20TH - 7 PM
Pasadena High School (206 South Shaver, Pasadena, TX 77506)
Hosted by Blue Willow Bookshop - Tickets at 281.497.8675
(Then there will be something in Austin.)
TUESDAY JANUARY 24TH - 7 PM
KiMo Theatre (423 Central Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102)
Hosted by Alamosa Books Tickets at 505.797.7101 or email@example.com (Also, they have a facebook.)
(Then comes a thing in Arizona, but I don’t know when or where.)
THURSDAY JANUARY 26TH - 7 PM
SANTA MONICA, CA
Lincoln Middle School Auditorium, 1501 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Hosted by Children’s Book World. Tickets at 310.559.2665.
FRIDAY JANUARY 27TH - 7 PM
REDWOOD CITY, CA (San Francisco-ish)
Fox Theater - Redwood City (2221 Broadway St., Redwood City, CA 04063)
Hosted by Kepler’s. Tickets at 650.324.4321.
SUNDAY JANUARY 29TH - 7 PM
Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214)
Hosted by Powell’s Books - Tickets at 855.227.8499 or their e-ticket site which is not yet live.
MONDAY, JANUARY 30TH - 7 PM
SEATTLE, WA (Well, Lake Forest Park, anyway)
The Third Place Commons (17171 Bothell Way Northeast, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155)
Hosted by Third Place Books. Tickets at 206.366.3333.
That’s it for now! We hope you can make it to a stop on the tour de nerdfighting 2012, and we’re sorry again that we can’t go everywhere. But we’re really excited to see as many of you as possible IRL. I’ll turn on asks for the next couple days in case there are questions I can answer. DFTBA!
WHY DO THE GREENS HATE ME?
I already have unchangeable plans for January 14th.
Maybe they’ll add an Asheville date sometime after that. YOUR PARENTS LIVE HERE, JOHN AND HANK. COME VISIT THEM SO I CAN SEE THE TOUR.
Taking a break from writing for a sec to talk about Brotherhood 2.0 and tumblr.
Whilst I was at the height of my illness (in the I-can’t-do-anything-except-lay-in-bed stage), I decided it would be a good time to go through all the Vlogbrother videos in order, starting with Brotherhood 2.0.
For the unfamiliar, Brotherhood 2.0 is a project that John and Hank Green did in 2007. They spent the entire year without textual communication. One of the rules for Brotherhood 2.0 is that they had to make videos every weekday (they alternated days).
In one of his videos, Hank talks about how much more excited and open he is when he’s making videos in his basement than he is elsewhere. He starts making his videos outside, trying to gradually adjust himself to being so animated — so much of his real self — in front of other people. It’s easy to be yourself when you’re safely alone in your basement. It’s different when you’re out in the world.
In a lot of ways, that’s how tumblr feels to me. I am mostly uninhibited on tumblr. I yell about things that are bothering me. I take endless pictures of my cat. I talk about food all the time. I get really excited about mundane things. I vent about things that are going wrong. I shamelessly discuss the bad TV I’m watching. Tumblr is the place I go when I want to be unfiltered — when I want to be myself.
I’m not that way in real life — at least, not unless I know you very well. I’d like to change that, but I’m not sure how to take these traits outside tumblr. For Hank, that desire meant physically making his videos outside. It’s not quite the same for this situation. Textual communication is not the same as vocal communication — at least not for me. I’ve always been much better at the former than the latter.
ANYWAY. Sorry for the rambling. Back to writing for me!
Some days, it seems to me like the purpose of life is to convert energy into beauty.