Smart Mouths Podcast

Smart Mouths #61: Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green

by Elysa on May.16, 2010, under Episodes

HOLY HELLBASKET, John Green is on Smart Mouths?! Hath hell frozen over? Does Penny love Oprah? Does Elysa hate Glambert? Because this is some earth-shattering, paradigm-shifting, apocalyptic stuff. I repeat: John Green – THE John Green, a legit author, viral phenomenon extraordinaire – is on the show this week to discuss his book Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Wait – this doesn’t mean we’re earning credibility, does it? No? Okay good.

  • We open the book discussion with a few standard questions – the only time in this interview where we aren’t actively making asses of ourselves.
  • Discussion of the Epic as Hell (minus the fire-and-brimstone) novel is very thematic, with particular focus on the interconnectedness of truth and love.
  • Penny pays Elysa the most profound compliment of her life. And that includes the time Matt called her his ho.
  • Also: How can we be fabulous? John answers with his usual Jedi-like wisdom and wit.
  • Last Words with John Green: A new game in which we guess what celebrities’ last words will be. Up on the pyre: Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga, Barney the Dinosaur… yeah, we go there.

For the whole three people out there who haven’t heard of John the Wise and/or read his novels, check him out. You won’t be disappointed, unless you’ve got a pet peeve against killer writing skillz. His website is, his awesome youtube is and he’s @realjohngreen over on Twitter.

And in special thanks to John for making an appearance on our (let’s be honest) less-than-inspiring production, we’re asking our listeners to donate to his charity of choice: The American Red Cross Nashville Relief Fund . For our part, we’ve already donated $200 – a figure John has graciously offered to match – so let’s play a philanthropic game of Follow the Leader, shall we? Donate Here. Come on now. Don’t be a bitchsqueeler.

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18 Comments for this entry

  • Rebecca

    Awesome! Downloading now, can’t wait to hear his perspective. I’ve been unable to go to any of the tour stops for WGWG, so it’ll be great. (:

  • Brandon

    I’m one of the three who haven’t read the book, but seeing his charity of choice (I live right near Nashville), I’m motivated.
    Can’t wait to read and then listen. (:

  • Reyna

    Awesome. I loved this book so much. Made me LOL at least three times a chapter. Green and Levithan are an amazing duo. Totally got to meet them at the LA Times Festival of Books this year :D

  • Cate

    Thanks for the reminder to donate to the Tennessee floods. Lets hope they’re getting lots of support!

  • Phoebe

    I donated. It makes me feel like a nice person…

  • Emily

    I just got done listening to this episode and I LOVED it. John Green is one of my favorite people of all time, and the ideas and opinions he had on the book and life were really insightful. I love that you guys could have him on, and I loved all the thought provoking discussion you all had.
    This is probably my favorite episode of Smart Mouths by far :D
    Also, I loved the new game. I had many laughs listening to it, and Elysa’s quote about Luna was hysterical XD

  • Alex, Nerdfighter Extraordinaire

    I AM FLIPPING OUT! My two favorite things- The amazing John Green and the Smartmouths crew(:
    This episode is my favorite, and definitely Legend…wait for it, wait for it…I hope you’re not lactose intolerant because the last part of that word is…DA(I)RY!

  • Misty

    This really was a great episode. They should do these type of book club episodes more often. Authors like John Green just add to the ‘epicness’ of Smart Mouths!

  • Brittany

    gah… must finish Will Grayson, Will Grayson so I can listen to podcast!

  • Ellie

    Gah. I really want to read this book but the library has 40 vopies and it’s been reserved 83 TIMES. And I don’t have 15 quid spare atm :\


  • Virginia

    grrrr. I can’t find Will Grayson, Will Grayson in Argentina! And shipping is wayyy to expensive for me (exchange currency sucks). I’m going to have to wait a while :/

  • Shannon

    Penny and Greg,

    Where is that book warehouse you were talking about? Cause I just might have to drag my dad there next time I visit D.C…. =)

  • Clare

    I promised myself I wouldn’t read Will Grayson, Will Grayson until after exams. Now I have to refrain from this display of awesome too!! Pity my poor soul!

  • Riley

    I knew I should have gotten this book when I had the chance…Now I have to wait until I can get to a bookstore…I do love John Green though, and I have all three of his other novels. I just haven’t read Will Grayson, Will Grayson yet. I look forward to being able to listen to this, though.

  • Alex

    OMG! This was such an amazing episode! If there was a Smart Mouths Wall of Fame, this would definately be on it. But I was wondering… why is this episode marked #61 instead of Book Club Episode #3?

  • Alexandra

    Awesome ep.
    Just bought the book. Can’t wait to read it.

    Question? Is this the episode for the week or is this for the bookclub version only?


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