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Esther’s book, This Star Won’t Go Out: http://www.indiebound.org/book/978052…
Support the charity created in Esther’s memory through shirts and posters at DFTBA: http://store.dftba.com/collections/th… or directly at their web site: http://tswgo.org/

In which John finds himself in the paper town of Agloe, New York on Esther Day 2015.

“Esther Day is the day where we think ‘who do I love who I have trouble saying I love you to.’ Not some romantic interest, that’s just using Esther Day as an excuse to tell someone you love them, that you already want to tell them… no. I mean family, or platonic friends, which for me is even harder than family.”
   - John Green
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Happy Esther Day!  August 3rd is Esther Day, a celebration of familial and platonic love.  Read more about Esther (who helped to inspire TFIOS) and This Star Won’t Go Out here.

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To celebrate Esther Day 2015, I’ve found ways to say I love you through One Direction, High School Musical, poop discussion, porn discussion, and pugs. YES.

For more info about tswgo: http://tswgo.org/

And if you want to buy Esther Earl’s book, tswgobookhttp://www.amazon.com/This-Star-Wont-Go-Out/dp/0525426361

On Discourse

Someone shared with me on twitter today a really hateful ask sent to them from someone identifying as a “nerd fighter” that included racial slurs and was generally tremendously hurtful. The ask in question was anonymous, so I have no idea who sent it, but just to be clear:

That’s not okay. That doesn’t represent nerdfighteria well, and while I’m very grateful to people who like my work and like sharing it, being mean to people–attacking them with racist or hateful comments–does nothing positive for me or my work or the nerdfighter community or anyone in the world. It makes us, as a species, a little bit smaller, and a little bit worse.

We all (including me!) struggle to imagine each other complexly and generously, and to have listening-focused conversations. But the great gift of the Internet is not just the chance to share; it’s also the chance to listen. I would encourage us to find better paths to better discourse. When I’m angry or outraged or defensive (which happens all the time when I’m online), I try really hard to take a step back and to try to be empathetic rather than merely angry. I think we should try to be kind to each other, and generous toward each other. Hateful anon asks and trolling and baiting people who disagree with you accomplishes nothing in the end, except making us all feel worse about ourselves and the overall quality of discourse online. 

john green: i think women are people 

john green: (to himself): 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌th 👌 ere👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯  i say so 💯  thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shit

Updates on Everything

Hi. The Paper Towns movie comes out July 24th, which will consume most of my life for the next 60 or so days. Info about events in Europe, Brazil, and the U.S. will come soon. But before I fully descend into Paper Towns, I wanted to share updates on everything else:

Crash Course

Right now, you can watch new episodes about astronomy, human anatomy, U.S. Government, and copyright every week. Our Economics series will debut this month. 

New courses we’re beginning to develop include personal finance, computer science, and statistics. I won’t be hosting for the rest of 2015 but hope to be able to host another series of literature videos next year.

By September, lesson plans and other curricular materials will start rolling out, first for history and then for the sciences. This is all made possible by the nearly 6,000 people who support Crash Course through Patreon, so THANK YOU. If you have ideas for future Crash Course series, let us know.

Dear Hank and John

Is our new podcast, in which we answer listener questions, offer dubious advice, and share news from Mars (a hunk of rock orbiting the Sun) and AFC Wimbledon (the world’s most important football club). It will debut very soon. Possibly tomorrow.

The Art Assignment

a co-production with PBS Digital, continues to be tremendously fulfilling to work on. If you’re into making stuff and/or interested in contemporary art, check it out. I am particularly fond of Sarah’s recent video celebrating the work of Andy Warhol

My new novel

progresses slowly, if at all.

The Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck

is nerdfighteria’s charity, which takes in money raised before and during the annual Project for Awesome and then disperses that money to charities chosen by the community. Most of last year’s >$1,000,000 has been paid out; so far this year, we’ve raised around $50,000 thanks to people watching ads on vlogbrothers videos.

Sponsored educational projects

The half of vlogbrothers ad revenue that doesn’t go to the foundation goes to sponsor educational projects, including PhysicsGirl, The Financial Diet, and Kelly Kend’s forthcoming web series on sexual assault and harrassment in online spaces. If you know of an educational project that could benefit from our support, let Valerie know!

Mental Floss

There are now three weekly shows at mental floss, including the longrunning List Show, which recently won a Webby Award. Despite the upcoming travel, I’ll still be hosting regularly over there.

Vidcon

the online video conference run by Hank (and to a tiny extent me), begins on the same day the Paper Towns movie opens. Some tickets are still available, but they’re not increasing the size over last year, so it will probably sell out soon.

Health Care Triage

Speaking of things I take credit for but don’t help out with much, the web series Health Care Triage, about health and health care economics, just won a prestigious award from the U.S. National Institute of Health.

My Recent Oral Surgery

remains somewhat unresolved, but the pain has improved a lot. Chronic pain is a monster that defies all description, and I’m immensely relieved to be feeling better. The Save the Children fundraiser we started after my oral surgery has now raised over $15,000; I’ll match that and whatever else is donated between now and July 1st, so make your dollar count for two!

So that’s what’s going on and hopefully some cool stuff to follow over the next couple months as I disappear a bit down the Paper Towns rabbithole. Sorry for the wall of text!