as-howarth said: 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?

fishingboatproceeds:

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.


I’ll say it again: The Organ Beats’ cover of “Heaven is a Place on Earth” is perfection.


What day is it‽ National Punctuation Day! #interrobang #nerdtattoo (at Mother Nature Network)

What day is it‽ National Punctuation Day! #interrobang #nerdtattoo (at Mother Nature Network)


In honor of the autumnal equinox, here’s my favorite hummus ever: pumpkin rosemary hummus

In honor of the autumnal equinox, here’s my favorite hummus ever: pumpkin rosemary hummus



Sep 23

The UN Climate Summit kicks off tomorrow.
Here’s how you can get involved.

The UN Climate Summit kicks off tomorrow.

Here’s how you can get involved.



I recently visited the border of South and North Korea and wrote about something positive that’s come out of the separation.

Wildlife thrives in ‘the most dangerous place on Earth’

Former President Bill Clinton called the Korean Demilitarized Zone, the 155-mile border between South and North Korea, “the most dangerous place on Earth.”

Created in 1953 during armistice negotiations, it’s the world’s most fortified military border, lined with soldiers, concertina wire and countless landmines. 

During a recent visit to the Joint Security Area — the only portion of the DMZ where South and North Korean soldiers stand face-to-face — I signed a declaration acknowledging that my visit would “entail entrance into a hostile area and the possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy action.”

As a North Korean soldier snapped photos of my tour group, we were instructed not to point or gesture, and an American soldier informed us that North Korea could level the South Korean capital of Seoul in minutes.

Despite the truce, the two countries remain at war. 

But while the DMZ is one of the most dangerous places for humans, it’s one of the safest places for wildlife. READ MORE.



Sep 10

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