Things to look forward to in 2013 – You’ll Be Perfect When You’re Dead: The Collected Online Writings of Dan Harmon.

For those who love reading the stream-of-consciousness ramblings of exiled Community creator Dan Harmon, yet have an irrational fear of computers, good news: Harmon’s girlfriend Erin McGathy has compiled some 307 pages’ worth of Harmon’s best online writings into an old-fashioned paper book, and we’re at least decades away from computers becoming sentient and trying to kill you. [x]

It’s not being alone that’s depressing. It’s what being alone implies about the world, IF you fill the silence with hate. IF you don’t like yourself very much at all, and tend to assume others share your hatred.

I can be in a relationship with anyone. Whether I ever get mentally healthy or not, I can snap my fingers tomorrow and I can have a girlfriend. There’s no trick in having a girlfriend, if that’s all you want. If you don’t even know who you are and all you know is that you want to be loved, you’ll try to be anyone you can be in order to get loved, so that you don’t have to be alone. Because when you’re alone, you’re with someone you don’t know. You’re with a shifty-eyed douchebag, a con artist.

—  Dan Harmon, Best Day Ever (July 8, 2006)

Dustin Marshall and Erin McGathy thank you so much for the opportunity to help with this book! I became a huge fan of Dan because of his online writings, so I can’t even begin to say how much of an honor it was to get to help with this. I was planning on getting the book signed at the show, but then I opened it up today and found this and I haven’t been able to stop grinning yet. I’m in complete awe and shock. Thank you so, so much Dan and Erin. I can’t wait to meet you all next week!

That’s why I wrote to you, not to tell you to change anything about the way you do things, but just to tell you to take it easy. Nothing you do matters as much as you think. Your greatest achievements aren’t yours at all, they’re accidents and jokes. You’re a puppet, the universe does the work, and it gets the most done when you’re moving the least. Surrender, flow, relax. Don’t be hard on yourself, don’t put pressure on yourself, life is just a chain of experiments and results, and you’ll be perfect when you’re dead.


Dan Harmon

I’m the proud owner of 1 of 900 first-edition copies of the book Dan Harmon didn’t know he was writing, You’ll Be Perfect When You’re Dead.

Taken from the blogs of the Community creator, the book is staggeringly brilliant, shockingly candid, simply beautiful look into one of entertainment’s most original minds.

I had Dan and his girlfriend Erin (who compiled the blogs and edited the book) sign my copy when I met them on Monday at the taping of their “Harmontown” podcast in Hollywood.

Submitted by guitarmanjb.