I'm going to Vonnegut's birthplace this weekend to visit John and Sarah Green. One of my friends who doesn't know them asked me why I would choose to spend Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis and I said "Because John and Sarah Green are THAT AWESOME." (I guess any attempt at a "no offense, Indianapolis" would sound hollow. I have never been there, and I have heard it sucks. Prove everyone wrong this weekend, "Naptown"! ) Also, John and his brother Hank are really super-famous now for their Brotherhood 2.0 project and have a worldwide following of people of all ages, races, and ethnicities called "nerdfighters" who sent John hundreds of videos for his birthday, and also there is a charitable foundation involved: Swear to god. Somebody should write about this phenomenon for The New York Times or another high-circulation national media outlet.
I will report on my awesome Two Day Indianapolis Adventure when I get back, possibly.
I had never seen Sims anything before, but the video is impressive. It makes me excited for the movie Looking for Alaska, which will be written and directed by Josh Schwartz (The O.C. creator). Josh sends John mix CDs of potential soundtrack songs for the movie. How cool is that?
"...Imagine an operating room at the start of a daring but well-rehearsed procedure and you will have something of the atmosphere of “An Abundance of Katherines”: every detail considered, the action unrolling with grace and inevitability. Green’s characters are quirky without having to gnaw soap or assemble a boyfriend from body parts. They’re also genuine enough to counter the sweetness in this novel, in which no one but the rampaging boar really wants to hurt anyone..."
* Breaking bad habits with rubber band aversion therapy. This reminds me of the time one of my friends broke up with some asshole in college. Like most girls with long hair, this friend always wore a ponytail holder on her right wrist. We were sitting at a coffee shop and she said "It's just that I still think about him all the time." "Are you thinking about him right now?" I asked. "Yeah." she said. So I reached over, grabbed the ponytail holder, and snapped it back. Hey, they never got back together and she's now happily engaged, with a new baby. Point: aversion therapy works (except when applied to my nailbiting.)
* My friend John Green, who is kind of a totally huge deal in the world of Young Adult books (and in my life, aww) humorously answers questions about "The OC"'s Josh Schwartz's upcoming movie version of John's first book, Looking For Alaska, and about The Problem of (Hollywood) Evil. (Incidentally, I just finished John's second book, An Abundance of Katherines, which comes out in September and is awesome, but it will have it's own gushy post closer to the pub date.)