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This is the longest Vlogbrothers video, I think, and definitely the one with the most curse words. BUT THIS IS THE TRADITION THAT WAS ESTABLISHED!

In which Hank reads the first chapter of his new book (and first book) about April May, who meets a bizarre robot sculpture in Manhattan on the way home from her terrible user interface design job.

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Hank: Good morning, John!

Not everybody's gonna know this, but we have a tradition here in the vlogbrothers channel: when one of us has a book come out—(so far it's just been you)—we do a video reading the first chapter of the book. This stretches all the way back to Paper Towns nine years ago, I discovered by searching our channel. Look at you. You are... young, and disheveled.

There's a few really great things about this: One, it's exempt from the four-minute rule, so I can just go on for as long as I want right now. Two: it's just reading a book, so it's a pretty easy video to do... I've always felt like it's a little bit of a cop-out. But there was the whole writing the book part which turns out to be labor-intensive. Three, you get to tell people about the book, which theoretically—and definitely in my case—is something you wanna do, because you're proud of it, and you like it, and you think people will like it too? And hopefully also it will be useful and enjoyable?

It's just what I'm going for generally in life: Can I be useful and enjoyable? That's just, like, what I say to my son. Every morning. Basically. Not in words, but in actions. I may have got to the meaning of life here... that's not what I intended.

So do you want to hear the first chapter in my book? If not, go away. As read by me, and not Kristen Sieh who does the audiobook and who is fantastic? Let's go.

Kristen Sieh's voice: "I am aware that you're here for an epic tale of intrigue and mystery and adventure and near death and actual death,"

Hank: That was a joke. That was Kristen reading. Now it's... I'm actually gonna do it. But first a warning: there's a bunch of curse words in my book and there will be some in this chapter that I'm about to read. So, just know that.

[Hank reads the first chapter of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing]

Hank: That's the first chapter of my book. Neat, right? I wrote a book!

There's been a lot of really cool things that have happened since the book has come out. If you follow me on Twitter, you saw that I used part of the advance I got for the book to fund a bunch of independent artists to make art based on the book. I'm showing you some of those pieces right now. They're really amazing. You can check out my Instagram if you want to find them all.

There's also a completely fan-led project called The Carls Are Coming dot com where you can do paper-fold-y versions of Carls, and then take pictures of them and pin them to a map, and there are lots of them all over the world. It's very cool. And since the book has come out, I've just gotten so many great responses and thoughts from people, and pieces of creation based on my creation, which is I think the most interesting part of creation.

And I'm so happy to have that. I feel so lucky to have that. I have never had an experience like this in my life, and it is really special and awesome. So if you're gonna get the book or you already have it, I really hope you like it, and I can't wait... I can't wait to do this more!

John, I'll see you on Tuesday.