In 2012, I called hundreds of undecided voters in swing states to encourage them to head to the polls and vote. It was very helpful to me to hear from undecided voters and discuss the issues that are important to them. With the U.S. Presidential election just days away, I’m hoping to again talk to genuinely undecided voters about this election and the future of the U.S.

I want to be clear: I’m going to try to persuade you toward my point of view. I feel very strongly that Donald Trump’s proposed policies would be disastrous for the U.S. …

Okay, so I want to share with you three brief stories of bad times in my life.

First, it’s July of 1998. I’m living in a town called Moose Pass, Alaska, and after a breakup, I sink into a depression. I find nothing enjoyable, struggle to get out of bed, the usual. It’s at once utterly boring and absolutely excruciating. Depression, Sontag wrote, is melancholy minus its charms.

I spend my days working at this gift shop slash ice cream joint, selling dream catchers and hunting knives, and then at night I return to this bunkhouse, where I lay in my sleeping bag, and try not to think this one particular thought. The thought goes like this: I use my key to the gift shop to sneak in there, after hours, then use the smaller key to open the glass display case. …

Most of my professional life has been devoted to telling stories for and about teenagers. But after my novels The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns were adapted into movies, I pitched the producers (Temple Hill) and studio (Fox 2000) of those movies a somewhat different story, about the greatest underdog sports story you’ve never heard, starring a bunch of middle-aged people with absolutely no athletic talent. And today, an agreement was announced, so I wanted to drop by Medium and explain why my next film project is about not American teenagers but a lower league English football club.

So, okay: In May of 2002, the English Football Association gave the owners of a club called Wimbledon F.C. …


John Green

I write books, including Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. (Books are like tweets, except longer.) I also make videos with my brother.

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