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: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/088001685X/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=088001685X&link_code=as3&tag=vlogbrothers-20
2. One of Us by Alice Dreger: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0674018257/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0674018257&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
3. Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312274920/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0312274920&link_code=as3&tag=vlogbrothers-20
4. The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003U898X4/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003U898X4&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
5. Thirsty by MT Anderson: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0763638951/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0763638951&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
6. Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0763627968/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0763627968&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
7. Fly on the Wall by E Lockhart: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385732821/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0385732821&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
8. The Untelling by Tayari Jones: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446694568/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0446694568&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
9. The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/081090960X/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=081090960X&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
10. Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399237496/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399237496&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
11. The Enormous Room by e. e. cummings: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486421201/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0486421201&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
12. Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312422199/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0312422199&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
13. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679728899/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0679728899&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
14. This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Q75K6Q/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005Q75K6Q&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
15. Kendra by Coe Booth: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0439925371/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0439925371&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
16. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/067972883X/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=067972883X&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
17. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone: The Carter Family and their Legacy in American Music: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/074324382X/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=074324382X&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
18. The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0803215916/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0803215916&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20
WILL YOU MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE FROM YOUR PANTS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbvbEMSLKpI
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! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mab64T-0nbQ
Emma Approved is Back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEGm1jRLZiE
Am I 1% Nacho? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLFKDDdMBt4
In which John discusses the minimum wage, and whether raising the minimum wage would negatively affect employment in the United States.
Thanks to Rosianna for graphics and research help: http://www.youtube.com/missxrojas
About Card and Kreuger's famous study of New Jersey and Pennsylvania: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage#Card_and_Krueger Why Does the Minimum Wage Have No Discernible Effect on Employment? http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/min-wage-2013-02.pdf Do higher minimum wages reduce poverty? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/01/04/economists-agree-raising-the-minimum-wage-reduces-poverty/ A Washington Post overview of the minimum wage debate: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/02/13/the-minimum-wage-fight-explained/
On February 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM, the Earl family will be celebrating the release of Esther's book with an awesome, multi-media event featuring presentations by family and friends, as well as performances by Wizard Rock bands. Come join the Earls and Esther's friends as they pay tribute to Esther's life and work!
In which Hank meets (and falls in love with a tree) and then dives deep into the TFiOS trailer..searching for hidden meaning.
Check Out WorldBuilders for your chance to win awesome prizes by donating to Heifer International: http://worldbuilders.org/
Hanklerfish Plushie's available now! http://dftba.com/product/1cu/Hanklerfish-Plushie
Watch the TFiOS Trailer (like you haven't already) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss
Music from the Trailer: Sun - Sleeping at Last https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOQrfLFDUKY We're On Our Way - Radical Face - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R66Xr0PfKM What You Wanted - One Republic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9LDnPyY9zA
The Gates Foundation Letter: http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/
In which John discusses the three myths at the center of Bill and Melinda Gates's 2013 annual letter: 1. Poor countries are NOT doomed to remain poor. 2. Foreign aid is NOT a waste of money. (In fact, health aid at least is an astonishingly good investment.) 3. Saving children's lives does NOT lead to overpopulation. (In fact, decreasing infant mortality has consistently slowed population growth all over the world.)