it’s easy to forget that we’re not only living in this particular instant, but as part of a continuum thousands or tens of thousands or even millions of years oldhank green
I mean, we live in this irreparably broken world, and I don’t wish to deny reality, but the amazing thing to me is not that we refuse to relinquish hope as a species, the amazing thing is that we’re right to hold on to hope. The world may be broken, but hope is not crazy. For the first 17 days after the mine collapsed, those miners lived 2,000 feet under the ground on two days worth of rations with no knowledge that anyone was ever going to come for them. Obviously not all stories end happily, we don’t always have good fortune, but hope gives us as a species and as individuals what we otherwise wouldn’t have: a chance.john green, on hope and chile
bringin this back
i’m not going to change my cover photo from john k s, john d, and pph, but i want to
If you’re not going to use this cover photo idea can I steal it? This is brilliant.
hahahah be my guest. any and all of y’all. here is the picture
i’m changing from the pigeon this is gonna be a momentous thing
This is a song about a guy… A song about a little guy who one day, he wakes up, and there’s some people come to notify him that something terrible has happened in his life. And that is that the person he loves has gone missing, and needs to be saved. And so he is the sort of fellow who doesn’t hesitate - he has a job, he’s a plumber. But he doesn’t call his boss, and he doesn’t do anything - he puts on his hat, and he goes to rescue his beloved. And there’s all kinds of things that go on with him when this happens. People try to kill him on route. And it’s terrible, because, you know, he woke up expecting to go fix some drains, and instead, there’s people throwing hammers at him, and turtles sliding shells at him. And when the shell hits him, he dies, but he rises from the dead. But he can only rise from the dead so many times, like all of us. Anyways, he traverses great hardships and trials, on route to rescue his great love, and then he gets there, and things get so dark. And he battles a horrible dragon. And he knocks the horrible dragon into the fiery abyss. And he gets into the room behind the horrible dragon’s throne room, to rescue his beloved, and he’s really excited. But she’s not there. His other friend, who he didn’t even know was missing, is there. This song is sung by that friend, and his name is Toad.John Darnielle, introducing Thank You Mario, But Your Princess Is In Another Castle. (via thecowsong)
I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me. [x]
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 you 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 am 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.
And I guess from the outside, it seems like, or it probably seems anyway that I jumped into the abyss with Esther. Right, like, here’s this author and he meets this reader of his and she’s a big fan and she’s sick with cancer, and so since he’s so awesome, he jumps down to be with her and he’s like “I’m with you to help you.” No. I wish, like, I wish I were that heroic. But where I’m standing, the true story is that Esther jumped into the abyss with me, because I was the one who was angry and hopeless and saw no meaning in life as it truly exists, and Esther came to me and said “You know, I’m not psyched about having cancer, and I don’t like being in pain all the time, and this is not by any stretch of the imagination an easy life, and I don’t wanna pretend that I’m excited about this, BUT, I like being alive, I am grateful to have loved and to have been loved. I have had a good life.” And that realization, that even though Esther’s life was a short life, it was still a good and rich and full life, that realization was central to The Fault in Our Stars.
John Green, An Evening of Awesome at Carnegie Hall
i’m rewatching the mountain goats set from the evening of awesome because i just really love crying