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In which John discusses airports, his new novel, and Walt Whitman.


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Hank, people are looking at me funny!

Good morning Hank, it’s Monday. I’m going to give you two clues to my location and then you’re going to have to guess it. Hint number 1: (cuts to shot of John eating Auntie Anne’s pretzels.) Every time I eat one of those pretzels I’m like “this is what dog biscuits taste like to dogs.” And hint number 2: (cuts to shot of arcade).

That’s right, Hank, I’m in yesterday’s airport of yesterday, the Indianapolis international airport! I don’t know why they call it international. Maybe they think Wisconsin’s a foreign country.

Hank, a lot of people concluded from one of my videos last week that I was finished with Paper Towns, which is tragically not the case. In point of fact there’s still about six months of work left to do on it. But I’m only seven days away from turning in what is hopefully going to be the biggest revision to the book.

After that I thought I would show it to you and Katherine to see what y’all think. Hank, I always like to spend the last week before I turn in a revision in a quiet place where I can do nothing but think about and work on the book. So this time I’m going to Orlando, Florida, our old stomping grounds, because that’s where the book is primarily set.

But aside from driving around and making sure that Winter Park High School still looks like Winter Park High School, I’m not going to be doing anything other than working on the book. That means that I’m not going to have a lot of time for Brotherhood 2.0 videos but some Nerdfighters made a suggestion that I really really like which is that maybe on Wednesday and Friday I can read to you some excerpts from Paper Towns. This would be helpful to me because it would be nice to get some feedback while I’m still working.

Anyway, Hank, I hope that’s ok with you. Hey, Hank, do you see that guy over in the corner on the left? I think that guy’s my pilot, and he is really, really, REALLY good at Ms.

Pac-Man. I mean, he’s so good at Ms. Pac-Man that he actually got to the part where after sixty-five years of marriage Ms.

Pac-Man goes to Mr. Pac-Man’s funeral. She cried delicious little dots.

Anybody, Ms. Pac-Man jokes? No?

Too old for the audience? Ok. Hank, because I’m going to Orlando to work on Paper Towns I’m traveling pretty light.

I’ve got nothing but a change of clothes, the computer, and my old friend Walt Whitman. Alright, Hank, we’re gonna close it out with some poetry. Have you practiced so long to learn to read?

Have you felt so proud to get to the meanings of poems? Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems. You shall possess the good of the earth and the sun.

There are millions of suns left. You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the specters in books. Actually I really need everybody to keep feeding on the specters in books or else I’m out of a job.

All goes onward and outward and nothing collapses; I’ll see you tomorrow.