8 Questions with John Green

John Green is a bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. His first work of non-fiction, The Anthropocene Reviewed, has been released in May 2021.


Which talent would you most like to have?

I desperately wish I could sing well.


What is your most treasured possession?

A book that my wife made for me. Before we started dating, Sarah and I exchanged hundreds of emails as friends, and when we got engaged, she printed those emails and bound them into a book.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A walk in the woods with my family.


What is your motto?

Simple words from WH Auden: “We must love one another or die.”


How would you like to die?

In bed, after 122 years of perfect health.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

Oh, I’d like to come back as a person. It would be lovely to come back as a person who can do things I can’t do, like understand spreadsheets and play the guitar.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?



What is your current state of mind?

Worried, but hopeful.