One of my favorite parts of An Evening of Awesome
So I’m on the side of a road somewhere, and I’m stuck inside of a very deep hole, with no way of getting out. Never mind how I got there, it’s not relevant to the story. I’ll invent a back story - I was walking to get pizza, and a chasm opened up in the earth, and I fell in, and now I am at the bottom of this hole, screaming for help.
And along comes you; now, maybe you just keep walking, you know, there’s a strange guy screaming from the center of the earth, it’s perhaps best to ignore him, but let’s say that you don’t - let’s say that you stop. The sensible thing to do in this situation is to call down to me and say, “I am going to look for a ladder, I will be right back!”
But you don’t do that. Instead, you sit down at the edge of this abyss, and then you push yourself forward and jump. And when you land at the bottom of the hole and dust yourself off, I’m like, “what the hell are you doing? Now there are two of us in this hole!” And you look at me and say, “Well, yeah, but now I’m highly motivated to get you out.” This is what I love about novels, both reading them and writing them. They jump into the abyss to be with you, where you are.
(…God I love John Green.)
Looking for Alaska came out 385 weeks ago, in March of 2005. I’d written the book over the previous five years with much help from lots of people: my best friend, Shannon James; my mentor, Ilene Cooper; the woman who was at the time my girlfriend and is now my wife; and my passionate, relentless…
Such an inspiring story. Congratulations John!
Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are.”
— John Green (via paintedpeacocks)
The cover of The Fault in Our Stars, designed by Rodrigo Corral.
Hank, I think it says something about the great people of the city of Indianapolis that perfect strangers, like Jen and Dave, would welcome me into their home and let me lick their cat.”
The good times and the bad times both will pass. It will pass. It will get easier. But the fact that it will get easier does not mean that it doesn’t hurt now. And when people try to minimize your pain they are doing you a disservice. And when you try to minimize your own pain you’re doing yourself a disservice. Don’t do that. The truth is that it hurts because it’s real. It hurts because it mattered. And that’s an important thing to acknowledge to yourself. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t end, that it won’t get better. Because it will.”
— John Green (via themadyhatter)