Wayne asked [John Green] if he’d ever thought of himself as a kind of Doctor Who. When John looked a bit puzzled, Wayne went on:
'Well, I've been watching Doctor Who episodes with Esther and it seems to be a story about an amazing, but lonely alien—with two hearts, by the way—who is full of love for humanity and who goes around the universe doing extraordinary things, one of which is to periodically drop out of the sky in order to choose a surprised and lucky passenger to accompany him on what he calls, his 'next adventure!' After promising to turn the would-be passenger's world upside down, he always gives them the chance to decline. Of course, they choose to join him and by their journey's end, they are changed and the Doctor is changed, too, always for the better.'
Esther’s father then looked John in the eye and said,
'I think you are the Doctor and Esther is your present passenger. I don't know why you chose her now, but thank you for inviting her along for the ride. Mostly, though, we know that you love her. That's the easy-to-understand part.'"
run and escape from the chains that weigh me down
i can’t replace this addiction in my head
run, run, run and escape
run, run, run i can’t escape
"I was thinking about how weird it is that in order to actually sleep, you have to pretend that you are already asleep. You don’t get rich by acting rich. You don’t grow breasts by wearing a bra. But you act as if you’re sleeping to fall asleep."
Shailene Woodley wrote about John Green for Time’s “The 100 Most Influential People,” 2014 [link].
1. I am so thrilled to have been named to the 2014 TIME 100. Shai’s essay is so kind and generous. That sentence about planets and moons is a lovely goal for us all to reach toward. Now, that said, I’m no prophet. I’m a guy who not too long ago tried to wax his chin.
2. Do I really look like that illustration?