In which John visits the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where his wife is a curator, and thinks about the work of the artist and dissident Ai Weiwei while walking through “According to What,” his first major retrospective in the United States. If you live in or near Indianapolis, you should really see the show. It’s very special, and will be here until July 21st.
In which Hank and John and Katherine walk around Dublin and Hank thinks about how we are all but a part of a magnificent continuum that stretches back around four billion years…depending on how you think about it.
Dublin was beautiful and exciting and careful and thoughtful and I really wish I could have spent more time there. It was pretty hard to choose what thoughts I’ve had to turn into this video…I had about seven ideas for Thoughts from Places videos…that’s just what being on a trip like this does to you. There’s so much to think about! Too bad we’re DEAD TIRED!
But this idea was overwhelmingly interesting to me, and has hit me really hard on this trip. I also got to see Charles Darwin’s grave who was the man who figured out that just as individuals are a continuum of events, life is a continuum of species, all inter-related. A city is a series of events, ideas, constructions and occurrances, just like a human life…just like all life, and just like all culture and even all technology.
Being in a place where those continuums are more obvious (especially to someone who does not always see them) it feels very special and inspiring and exciting to be a part of the human endeavor.
Headless Statues and Elton John’s Piano: Seeing Sights in London (Thoughts from Places)
In which John discusses his first 24 hours in London including: interviews with the BBC, playing Elton John’s piano, jetlag, improbable weather, Steven Gerrard’s signature, the British Museum, the Rosetta Stone, many headless statues of women, YA book covers, Egyptian relics, statues, nonexistent stone artwork, the Globe theater, the Tower Bridge, and many other sites of London.
Attacked by Squirrels and Neoclassicism: Thoughts from Places, Washington D.C.
In which John is threatened by an utterly fearless squirrel and contemplates the neoclassical architecture of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Along the way, he and the Yeti visit several museums; look at the art of China’s most important living artist, Ai Weiwei; visit the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the World War II Memorial; and consider the history of cars that are also boats.
In which Hank just vlogs…using the “that makes me think of” style pioneered, of course, by Ze Frank (http://www.youtube.com/zefrank) and then he talks from a chair lift about being afraid to be on a chair lift, and then thinks about paths.
To Be Anything At All: Thoughts from Places, Chicago and LeakyCon 2012
In which John discusses the surprises and pleasures of being anything at all while attending the Harry Potter conference LeakyCon and walking around downtown Chicago. Also, I read from some humiliating high school fiction.
Chris Colfer, John Green, Mob Wives, and Jeffrey Eugenides: Thoughts from Places Book Expo
A Thoughts from Places video in which John Green attends Book Expo America in New York City, also known as BEA, where he thinks about celebrity and secular worship after meeting the super-cool Chris Colfer from Glee, as well as some of his favorite writers, including Darin Strauss and Jeffrey Eugenides. Also discussed are writers M. T. Anderson, Shannon Hale, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Michael Chabon, Kadir Nelson, Ally Condie, and Lois Lowry. And some so-called real housewives. Boy, that’s a lot of name-dropping.
"Isn’t that why we explore and also why we read and watch sports and browse tumblr and study astrophysics…I think we’re after that terrifying, awesome, other worldly feeling of not knowing what lies in wait."