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    [–] Get to know each of the 32 national teams at the World Cup in 4 minutes... thesoundandthefury 13 points ago in soccer

    I feel that if anything I should've talked about Mo Salah more. Have you looked into his eyes????

    [–] Why Liverpool? thesoundandthefury 4 points ago in LiverpoolFC

    I'm sorry/you're welcome. -John

    [–] Bill Watterson went to my college. We just found an illustration he did of our frats! thesoundandthefury 138 points ago in calvinandhobbes

    It's accurate to say the religion class in LFA was inspired by the Intro to Religious Studies class I took with Professor Don Rogan my freshman year. But a lot of other stuff went into the character of the Old Man, too--including facets of other Kenyon professors and of some high school teachers.

    But also, novels are not memoirs, and Dr. Hyde is mostly just made up, like everything else in the book. I used stuff that had happened to me, or places I knew, when they suited me--but I also made stuff up when it suited me.

    The deepest way that Kenyon has informed my writing is not in the little details I borrowed from people I knew or places I visited. The most important thing is that while at Kenyon, I learned from wonderful professors and blisteringly intelligent peers so much about reading and writing and how to find or make meaning. I learned what questions matter, and how to look at them carefully, and I learned how to tell a story. I fell in love, and experienced terrible loss. And most of all, I was taken seriously. Those are the absolutely essential ways that my years at Kenyon inspired the work I've done since.

    [–] John Green has a mastery of the social internet thesoundandthefury 82 points ago in nerdfighters

    Oh, to be clear, the key is that I don't WANT my twitter password. I want to be physically blocked from accessing my main twitter account. :)

    [–] Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an 8 episode series on Hulu. thesoundandthefury 18 points ago in nerdfighters

    My own experience working with people who are in extreme circumstances or experience trauma is that I did have to compartmentalize some. I had to care about work while I was at work, but leave it at work. (Insofar as possible.) This proved really difficult for me, which is part of the reason I left. So I think you have to believe in the underlying principles of your work, and do it well, but also have a life outside of it. Just my two cents, though.

    [–] Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an 8 episode series on Hulu. thesoundandthefury 15 points ago in nerdfighters

    That was actually Becca Thomas, who is now directing another movie but I hope will be involved somehow in this new series. Becca is brilliant and I am a huge fan of hers.

    [–] Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an 8 episode series on Hulu. thesoundandthefury 11 points ago in nerdfighters

    I am an executive producer, which is a nice way of saying that I have a seat at the table in this process, but it is a small seat and a large table. :)

    I am also really happy. Thanks for your kind words about the book.

    [–] Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an 8 episode series on Hulu. thesoundandthefury 16 points ago in nerdfighters

    My only writing advice is to read a lot, because I think reading is the way we figure out how to use text to create ideas and experiences inside someone else's mind. Read the kind of stories you want to write, and read them voraciously--the good ones and the bad ones--and then practice writing as often as you can. Tell stories that you abandon after a few paragraphs. Tell stories that only take a few paragraphs to finish. Expand on them. Delete. Expand again. Delete again. For me, it's a practice-based thing. Like shooting free throws, I get better mostly by shooting free throws.

    [–] Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an 8 episode series on Hulu. thesoundandthefury 19 points ago in nerdfighters

    I did not have a role in the pilot script, except to tell Josh that I liked it a lot.

    As for the age range: I think they want it to appeal to contemporary teenagers, but they also know that people have been reading this book for thirteen years, and so its readers are all kinds of ages now.

    [–] Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an 8 episode series on Hulu. thesoundandthefury 11 points ago in nerdfighters

    I feel the same way!

    I think I will be on set a lot less for this, just because my kids are older and Sarah's work on The Art Assignment involves a fair amount of travel. Also, I lost a year of writing time during all the movie stuff, and even though I loved the experience, I need to be writing for my sanity.

    But I don't know. This is all very new. I'm excited to find out!

    [–] Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an 8 episode series on Hulu. thesoundandthefury 13 points ago in nerdfighters

    The big advantage is that you have more time. In general I think television audiences are more forgiving when it comes to slow builds and explorations of side stories and all that stuff. Also, some of the stuff that would make a movie rated R is not a problem on Hulu.

    The only disadvantage, I guess, is that movies have huge marketing budgets. But that also means fewer press junket things for me, which frankly is a big advantage, because I am not good at that stuff and do not like it.

    [–] Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an 8 episode series on Hulu. thesoundandthefury 13 points ago in nerdfighters

    I hope so, too! I don't know much about international distribution, but I'm sure the producers will also want it to find its way to Canada!

    [–] Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an 8 episode series on Hulu. thesoundandthefury 30 points ago in nerdfighters

    It's really cool to hear how much the book means to you. Thanks for standing in that long line in D.C. in 2012!

    Do I ever worry an adaptation will go completely against what I was trying to get across? Yes, of course--and that's especially challenging here, because I was trying to write in Alaska about the way that Pudge's romanticization of Alaska was so horrifically destructive and I wanted the story to be about the dangers of idealization/romanticization of those you claim to love, but it's easy to fall instead into the standard story of a boy learning lessons from an enigmatic girl. (Basically, I never wanted it to be a story of Pudge learning important lessons from Alaska. I wanted it to be a story of Pudge having to grapple with his real negligence toward his friend and its real consequences.)

    I don't know if the show will accomplish that--I don't even know if the book accomplished it. I do know that the book means different things to different people of course, and the show will, too. All I can say to you is that the book is the book, and the book you have in that fireproof lockbox is not going to change because someone who isn't you told their version of the story in a different medium. Or at least I hope it won't!

    [–] Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an 8 episode series on Hulu. thesoundandthefury 31 points ago in nerdfighters

    It's from a bit of Macbeth:

    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.

    If I could do it all over again, I would've chosen something less pretentious, but so it goes!

    [–] Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an 8 episode series on Hulu. thesoundandthefury 19 points ago in nerdfighters

    I think Hank and I's rule at the moment is, "If you've heard about it in the news in the last 24 hours, you won't hear about it on vlogbrothers." We don't really want to be fueling the way the news cycle works, even though I am myself totally enthralled by the insanity of the Trump/Russia/Michael Cohen stuff and cannot look away from it.

    When we do videos about the news, we want to be able to look at it from a different perspective than just bringing people up to date. We want to look at it contextually and with some kind of nuance. Right now that feels very hard when it comes to Trump/Russia stuff, because we know relatively little and there's a lot of speculation going on (including by me).