Hey John, what is your reaction to the news that the Riverside district has chosen to ban TFIOS from middle school libraries on the grounds that it deals with mortality and sex? I remember your reactions to similar situations concerning your books have been pretty animated and wondered what you thought?
I guess I am both happy and sad.
I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.
But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.
Selfish disclaimer— both transitions in this episode are pretty rough. The recording session was interrupted twice and instead of making you listen to Daria’s housemate wheel a bicycle through the room, we decided to play music instead.
NFL medical insurance: ”If players play in the NFL for 3 years they can get 5 years of insurance when they retire, after which they are covered by future employers or have to self insure” - Washington Post, 2013
“The NFL exists because it has struck a moral and ethical bargain with the culture that the culture can tolerate. This bargain is in no way permanent. This balance is not struck forever. This is a perilous time for the NFL, and it should keep up its end of the bargain scrupulously and err always on the side of caution. People will not watch the flag forever without noticing the barbarian who waves it.” - “Might and Right” by Charles Pierce on Grantland (May 2013). Best quote from the article, and even more pertinent now (so sayith Daria)
“Lotus Pose on Two" - Alyssa Roenigk’s ESPN coverage of the Seattle Seahawks, and how they take care of the players
When you find that person you think is the one, buy a plane ticket for the two of your and travel the world. Travel to places that are hard to get to and hard to get out of. And when you come home and land at JFK, if you still love that person, get married at the airport.