Great at Being Terrible: The Florence Foster Jenkins Story

by on November 20, 2012

See us at New York City's Carnegie Hall (really) for An Evening of Awesome:

In which John discusses the strange story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who gave the worst performance in the history of Carnegie Hall in 1944, and who is famous (and beloved) for being an absolutely fearless, and awful, singer. This video is a kind of response to Hank's brilliant video about creation and fear; also discussed is the importance of finding the places where your talents meet the world's needs and my limited physical flexibility.

The bit I sing at the end is from "Love, Love, Love" by--you'll never guess--The Mountain Goats.


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Donald Collup November 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I would like to recommend my documentary “Florence Foster Jenkins: A World Of Her Own”. It tells the true story.

Donald Collup


Neal B November 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I thought you sang rather well at the end there ; )


Lexi December 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm

JOHN GREEN I NEED HELP!!!! Ok, so odds are you wont even ever read this comment, let alone answer it but I really need your advice.
So, I’m trying really hard to be a novelest even though I’m still a teenager but it’s not really working for me. Most of the time I’ll write 2-6 chapters in the book and then get a new idea and completely forget about the original book I was writing. Except I got the idea for the currant book I am writing a year ago and I’ve been writing in it for one year, one month and three days(give or take a few weeks). I have 112 pages and 19 and a half chapters.
I started out really well; I was writing a chapter a day sometimes more and most of my friends thought it was a really good book and I could get it published some day. But over these past few months I write, like, a chapter ever two months and I feel like I’m loosing the main character’s voice; like I don’t have the ability to be him anymore.
So I guess my question is: How do YOU write your books? Do you have any advice for me? Should I just stop trying to write novels and stick to short stories and poetry and stuff? How do I finish this book without ruining it?


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