Is the American Dream Real?

by on March 18, 2014

In which John discusses moving to New York, equality of opportunity, socioeconomic mobility in the United States in the 21st century, the American dream, and the underratedness of Slovenia.

A much better exploration of the gender pay gap in the U.S. and elsewhere:

ALSO it's interesting that I chose to make a joke about computer programming, because in fact female programmers are paid the same as male programmers in the U.S. according to this study:

(That noted, the gender pay gap overall remains real.)


If you haven't heard, there have been some really troubling stories about manipulative and even possibly abusive relationships between online creators and their fans.

While that situation certainly spurred me to make this video, I also think a video like this is long overdo. We're excited to be facing these problems head-on, because the only way out is through.

Thanks to our task force for helping me edit this video and make sure I wasn't too clumsy with the work, especially to Sahitya.

Here are some resources put together by the task force:

If someone is pressuring you:

Types of assault:

Find a local crisis center:

Online hotline:

International resources:

Emotional abuse:

"Digital" abuse:

Warning signs of an abusive relationship:


In which John Green answers real questions from real nerdfighters on a range of issues from why writers use symbols to whether there are more stars or grains of sand on earth.

The Art Assignment:

More stars than grains of sand:


Thoughts from a Cruise

by on March 7, 2014

I went on a cruise...which is not something I ever thought I'd do. It was marvelous and extremely peculiar and, yes, definitely made me feel guilty. But immensely valuable...not just because I go to do amazing things with amazing people, but because it helped me understand how hard we will work, how much we will pay, the crazy things we'll get to community. People are hardly individuals, there is nothing so valuable as nestling into the warm comfort of a trusted community and I'm so happy to have that and, occasionally, to be able to help others get to it.

Thanks to Paul and Storm and Jonathan and Drew for putting together something so amazing.

Sara Watkins is here:
Jim Boggia is here:
The Thrilling Adventure Hour is here:


In which John discusses the crisis in Ukraine, and how the influence of Russia and Europe have shaped Ukrainian politics for centuries. REMINDER: Educational videos are allowed to be more than four minutes long.

Thanks to Rosianna for image-gathering:

The BBC's Ukraine hub:
CIA Factbook on Ukraine:
The wikipedia article about the Crimean War is quite good, especially in contemporary context:


The Cost of Fun

by on February 28, 2014

In which Hank breaks down the costs of various kinds of fun...though, of course, not all funs are created equal. I do want to say that, whatever you enjoy, don't let anyone belittle that for you. I was kinda disparaging toward TV...but I also love TV...I just don't know if I could love it 34 hours per week. The point of enjoyment is enjoyment so...yeah...whatever floats your boat!


John and Chris Meet in the Middle

by on February 25, 2014

Join The Art Assignment:

In which John Green and his best friend Chris go to rather extreme lengths to meet in the exact midpoint between them.

The rules:
1. Pick a friend.
2. Determine the exact midpoint between the two of you. You can use to help you out.
3. Agree to meet there at a certain time.
4. Once making the agreement, don't communicate until you meet in the middle!
5. Document the meeting and share it if you want on YouTube, twitter, tumblr, whatever with the hashtag #theartassignment.

Thanks to my friend Chris for being in the video! You can follow him on twitter:


Ranting about Books

by on February 21, 2014

The Art Assignment, Episode 1:

How to Adult:

In which Hank is a somewhat disgruntled lover of books.


In which John shares 18 of his favorite books that aren't wildly popular bestsellers. CLICK SHOW MORE TO GET THE BOOKS:

1. This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing I Own by Jonathan Rendall:

2. One of Us by Alice Dreger:

3. Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks:

4. The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff:

5. Thirsty by MT Anderson:

6. Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci:

7. Fly on the Wall by E Lockhart:

8. The Untelling by Tayari Jones:

9. The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper:

10. Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson:

11. The Enormous Room by e. e. cummings:

12. Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag:

13. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather:

14. This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun:

15. Kendra by Coe Booth:

16. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty:

17. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone: The Carter Family and their Legacy in American Music:

18. The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout:



Happy Third Chocolate Day!

by on February 14, 2014

In which Hank discusses the Valentine's day, one of the three candy-based holidays in America. Why do we have candy-based holidays in America? I don't know, probably because we get to choose the gods we worship and the god we've chosen is chocolate. We could do worse.

Also, he discusses the Olympics and how weird they are and why we value these weird things and how it doesn't really matter why because caring is valuable for it's own sake.

The Art Assignment Trailer!

Emma Approved is Back:

Am I 1% Nacho?