Tina Kakadelis
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John Green & Cocktail Party Convos

So, this quote of the day means that I don't actually have to write anything today, right?

 

 

 

No? Well, that ducking sucks.

What're your guys' thoughts on my use of 'ducking?' Great. Thank you for the feedback. My decision to start using it is because my mother thinks I should stop swearing so much on the internet. Thank goodness she doesn't follow me on Twitter.

Anyway, I think it's finally time I talked about John Green on this blog. Specifically, his book, An Abundance of Katherines. I might be the only person whose favorite John Green book isn't Looking for Alaska.

An Abundance of Katherines tells the story of Colin, a boy who has been dumped seventeen times by girls named Katherine. In an effort to get Colin out of his dumped funk, Hassan takes Colin on a roadtrip that doesn't get very far. They wind up in Gutshot, Tennessee where they end up being taken in by a woman named Hollis. She offers them free room and board if they help her with a local history project. Meanwhile, Colin thinks he can create a mathematical formula to predict how relationships will fare.

I bring this book up because it's written in a very clever way with footnotes spread throughout. During the novel, Colin and Hassan never say "fuck." Instead, they say "fug" or "fugging." The footnote tells the story of Norman Mailer's The Naked and The Dead. The story goes that Norman used so many f-bombs that nobody wanted to publish it. So, because people are inherently very petty, our buddy Norman changed every single "fuck" to "fug" in his 847 page novel. This was in 1948. Boy couldn't just crtl+F Replace the words. It took TIME.

What I really liked about John Green books is that he always has fun lil tidbits of facts like that. Like Paper Towns. On paper (HA!), it seems like he's just referring to towns on a map for his title because there's a road trip involved. HOWEVER, while the term does refer to towns on a map, it's not as cut and dry.

A paper town is a fake town that map makers include on their map as a means of protection. I think the example in the book is Agloe, NY. It's not a place you can really go, but it exists on a map. If the map maker who created it sees it on someone else's map, then they're like YOU STOLE FROM ME. Who knew??

You're welcome for the cocktail party convo starters.