Good morning john. This week I flew in a tinyplane to new york city where there were many weird and fancy things. Here are some of them:white asparagus, which was fed to me at definitely the best restaurant I have ever been to. Atleast the most expensive. White asparagus is just asparagus that has never seen light,and thus has a milder flavor and is not at all green. This is weird for two reasons:one: I feel like I have robbed asparagus of reaching its full potential. And two: becausewho figured that out? My hotel room had a mirror lens that I ratherenjoyed… Ahhhhhhh. Errrweeeawagrrawahhherahhh. Here’s a tip, kids, when your umbrella breaksin new york city, just throw it on the ground!
This urinal had ice in it. Why? I don’t know.I don’t know! Pretty cool of the city of new york to put this permanent installation oftfios clouds in central park. I mean that is just… That is just real nice. And finallyhere are some tiny chairs that cost mcuh more than normal sized chairs. And here is timesquare, and what is that? That is just an advertisement for the movie that they aremaking out of my brother’s book. The real reason why I was in new york, and yes it wasgreat; I wish I could have seen more weird stuff, but that is not why I was there. Iwas there to see the premiere of the fault in our stars. The first time I had seen themovie, and also to walk down the red carpet. Which was cool, and lots of people took picturesof me, but maybe just ’cause I asked them
To. Everybody take lots of pictures, I wantlots of flashes. Yeah, yeah. I say that because none of them published any of the picturesof me and my wife, which is too bad. But, good news, my mom took a bunch too. And alsodid you see how pretty my wife is? So pretty. Katherine: “I feel like there is a bead ofsweat rolling down my back headed for my butt crack.” and then I watched a movie, and I can’t showthat to you ’cause copyright. Also, that would be a really long youtube video. And I am havinga hard time figuring out what to say about it because it was super surreal. So here’s–we’re just going to intellectualize… Hyper-intellectualize ’cause that is what I am good at. This isthe book that I finished while I was in new
York. The shades of milk and honey is likejane austen with magic in it. One of the big questions that books asks is are beautifulthings more or less beautiful if you understand all of the hidden systems that go into thecreation of the beautiful thing? And as I walked around new york, I kept seeing examplesof hidden systems on display. Like the escalator at the uniqlo had a window in the side sothat you can see how the escalator worked on the inside. In the museum of modern artdesign store, which one can assume has pretty good tastes, was just full of examples ofthis. I think for a long time the trend has beento hide the complexity. To hide the systems in favor of this illusion of effortless perfection.Hide the technology inside of the beautiful
Box, right? So turn all entertainment intoa magic show. Construct the celebrity as this perfect embodiment of cool. But since we startedhere on vlogbrothers, we have kind of been doing the opposite. That is the whole point!This is my real office. I am not wearing makeup. We make t-shirts with a local printer; hereis how the process works. John’s book is being turned into a movie. Here’s some videos ofthe cast and crew on set. Here’s how john fells about it, and here’s how I feel aboutit. Right now how I am feeling is, I’ll be honest, overwhelmed. I’m afraid that we aremissing opportunities. I’m afraid that every time that I talk to the new yorker or thewall street journal that I am just going to come off without the ability to say thingsthat make any sense. And I’m worried about
All of the external attention. But there isone thing that I am not worried about. I am not worried that people won’t like the movieor that the movie is bad because it’s not. It’s great, and people are going to love it.And yeah, I cried. I cried a bunch of times, but not ’cause it subtracted from me. But,because it added to me. It opened up the mysteries of life, and love, and hurt for examinationand for understanding. And I think that that’s something that the world needs more of. John,I’m proud of you! Everybody, go see the movie whenever it comes out in your country on theday that it comes out in your country!