I’m fairly sure Henry Green gets me. If I were a toddler, I’d suggest we be best friends.
Henry Green knows what’s up
It’s worth noting that even though Australia is ‘further ahead’ than the United States on a number of fronts, we went through the same struggles to get there. Like, Australia has had universal healthcare since 1972, but it was only passed very reluctantly, taking a double dissolution and a joint sitting of Parliament to actually pass the legislation at all.
Like, it’s unthinkable to me that “Poor people shouldn’t have access to healthcare”* is an actual thing someone could think, but it was really only during my parents’ generation that this argument was being hard-fought in my own country.
So don’t give up! If you see things that aren’t right, talk about them! Try and think of ways of explaining them that are understandable but don’t oversimplify the complex issues in the debate and have real conversations with the people around you about it!
That’s actually what politics is!
*This is an oversimplification duh, but shut up it’s 1:00AM
Why Does Congress Suck?In which John Green seeks to explain why the United States congress has become so astonishingly inefficient that it can’t even reach a compromise to avert disaster, and why—thanks to clever redistricting—most congresspeople are now incentivized not to work seriously on policy. Along the way there’s a bit of historical context, a lot of frustration, some screaming, and a celebration of the beginning of the 7th year of the vlogbrothers channel.
I was going to make a Huzzah for Six Great Years video, but then Congress did its thing. And by “its thing,” I mean nothing.
I’ve said it before and I’ll jolly well say it again, America needs a system like Australia where if there’s deadlock for too long everyone loses their jobs.
That’s right, can’t pass supply? EVERYONE BACK TO THE POLLS, YOU’RE ALL FIRED.
Sometimes, at the end of a draining and disheartening day, when all you want to do is give up, you can at the very least be grateful that even though you are full of water, you are still floating.
Somber encouragement from John Green.
A small hand quilted reminder to carry on.
If for some reason you’re never come across Shawn and the Uncultured Project before, I suggest you watch this video and get involved ^_^
Stan came across this stillframe while editing the forthcoming Crash Course World History video about capitalism.
You’re fired, Stan.
be still, my lady loins
We have a winner
I love my pyjamas
Is there a job you can do where you just get to wear pyjamas all day?
The only one I can think of is Professional Author
All professional authors are really famous and also get to make videos on YouTube right?
And I get to glamourously wear my pyjamas the whole time?
It’s a box set containing all four of my solo novels in hardcover, and both Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars are signed. The case for the box set, which is really amazing, was designed by nerdfighter extraordinaire Karen Kavett. It also includes a hardcover edition of the new cover for An Abundance of Katherines designed by the awesome Sarah Turbin. The box set is really beautiful (I’ve just seen one), and I’m psyched about it.
I’ve received lots of questions about whether this is real, etc., so yes, it is real, and yes, it is available for preorder.
SOMEWHAT RELATED: While signing for the box set, I signed a lot more copies of Looking for Alaska (I really enjoy signing my name), and starting in Octoberish, you’ll be able to find them in independent bookstores (and only independent bookstores!) around the United States.
I think if I were to acquire this I would actually cry?
JOHN GREEN’S STARTED WORKING ON A NEW BOOK?!
First off, I’m sorry about your ovaries.
Secondly, I like writing stories. It is pretty much my favorite thing to do. Hopefully I will write many, many more books—so many that you become tired of them and all become Hipster John Green Fans and say, “His early stuff was okay but after TFiOS he just became a hack.”
Maybe from now on I’m going to say “I’m sorry about your ovaries” whenever I do anything, ever.
In one conversation with an anonymous cable network, an exec said to us, “Crash Course would be PERFECT if you were a little less nuanced and stuck to topics that interest people. Like, you know, Hitler and sex.” (Direct quote.)
I’ve read tens of thousands of Crash Course comments. No one—NO ONE—has ever asked us to be less nuanced, or to stick to Hitler and sex. That’s what I love about nerdfighteria. Our community is deeply intellectually engaged, even when that means grappling with complexity and ambiguity.
Recently I’ve been reading a lot of editorials bemoaning the over-simplification of news - political reporting in particular. I guess when I think about it I agree with them, but generally speaking this isn’t something I experience in the communities in which I’m active. I regularly experience people like John and Hank cultivating more nuanced conversations amongstpeople. I don’t want to make us out to be ~special snowflakes~ because I reject the idea that this is something exclusive to Nerdfighteria, but I really do feel privileged to be involved in this community, and it makes me optimistic for the future.