my favorite part of any concert is probably when the crowd is singing along so loudly that the lead singer just stops for a minute and listens with a ridiculously happy grin on their face and you can tell that this is the greatest compliment they could ever receive: to have so many people responding so enthusiastically to their words and ideas. 

that is my favorite thing about music- it brings people together.  


On the TFIOS Movie Set

In which John checks in from the set of the TFIOS movie. Look behind the scenes at all the hardworking people who are making this movie a real thing in the world.


maknaes on the loose…
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To: Kenyon College. Love, John Green


In my post last week about why we aren’t on television, I mentioned that Thoughts from Places videos are our least-viewed, even though many nerdfighters like them the most of any of the videos we make.

Many of you just openly disagreed with me, saying that there was no way that TFP videos get fewer views, because they are our best videos and “everyone knows it.” In fact, I had more than 100 messages in my tumblr ask box from people saying this.

But the video above, despite featuring Chris Colfer in both the title and the thumbnail, has 175,000 views–more than 75,000 fewer than our average video from the last six months.

This doesn’t bother me at all–nerdfighters watched and liked the video and we’ll keep making them–but for some reason they just aren’t as viral as, like, Question Tuesday videos or Hank discussing the idea of the Friendzone. 

But this is just another example of why the corporate patronage model for funding online video (and other media) is screwed up: The corporate patronage model (which pays you based on the number of views) incentivizes people to make stuff that will appeal to the broadest possible audience, not stuff that will mean something to a smaller audience. Advertisers can’t distinguish between stuff we watch and stuff we love. It doesn’t understand that while lots of people WATCH 2 and a Half Men, more people LOVECommunity. I don’t have a solution to that problem, but we need to figure it out–both in nerdfighteria and in the broader world.

I realize this is not super-important to most/any of you, but I’m trying to figure it out, and in doing so to figure out how best to care for and nurture this awesome community.

Aang: This is a sacred temple! You can't treat it this way. I've seen it when the monks were here. I know what it's supposed to be like.


Poetry Makes Nothing Happen: Thoughts on Ai Weiwei from the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Sarah does not appear in vlogbrothers videos, but you can follow her on tumblr: 

In which John visits the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where his wife is a curator, and thinks about the work of the artist and dissident Ai Weiwei while walking through “According to What,” his first major retrospective in the United States. If you live in or near Indianapolis, you should really see the show. It’s very special, and will be here until July 21st.


Attacked by Squirrels and Neoclassicism: Thoughts from Places, Washington D.C.

In which John is threatened by an utterly fearless squirrel and contemplates the neoclassical architecture of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Along the way, he and the Yeti visit several museums; look at the art of China’s most important living artist, Ai Weiwei; visit the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the World War II Memorial; and consider the history of cars that are also boats.


Here is my VidCon Thoughts From Places video. I had one of the best times of my life at VidCon despite the negatives. I can’t wait till next year.


Thoughts from Places: The DMZ

There’s nothing quaint about living amid history, grappling with the gifts and insufficiencies of your ancestors. To live in Bruges is to be reminded every day that there were people before you were person, which of course also reminds you that there will be people after. I think we owe both the dead and the not yet living precisely the same thing: the daily awareness that human life is ours only in trust. It’s worth remembering that seven hundred years later we don’t remember the individuals that built the Belfry, or dug the canals, we don’t remember their political affiliations or even their nationalistic identities. We remember them as a collective, just as we ourselves will be remembered as a collective, for what we did and failed to do, together.

Thoughts from Places: Dog Days of Summer

In which Hannah questions if she is ready for some form of commitment… Or maybe it’s just puppy love.

 (for comedy) (for all the feelz)