SUMMARY Dishwasher One Man's uest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States PS 107

Pete Jordan à 7 SUMMARY

Publisher of his own cult zine and the ultimate professional dish dog and how he gave it all up for loveIncludes an excerpt from Pete Jordan's new book In the City of Bikes. i m kind of amazed at the bad reviews this book has gotten on the goodreads website people are all i heard this guy on NPR his story sounded interesting but his book was a total bore it won t be surprising to people who know me that i knew about the dishwashing in all fifty states uest from dishwasher the zine i won t claim to have read too many issues because i was into riot grrrl when pete was publishing regularly our little zine scenes didn t have a lot of overlap in fact i was in a stage of my life where i only consumed media created by women sorry pete i have read a few issues since then they re not mind blowing or anything but they are pretty entertaining but at the end of the day it s washing dishes in all fifty states it s not exactly fireworks super excitement you know but that doesn t mean that it s not interesting this book is thankfully NOT an anthology of the dishwasher zines surely material from the zines makes its way into the book but it s a memoir in its own right composed of new material i thought it was really great it was funny poignant interesting educationali mean i am a picky rater i gave it five stars i clearly thought it was fantastic maybe i am biased because i used to be a dishwasher myself first at taco bell later in one of the food halls on the BGSU campus i found both jobs hellish physically exhausting but strangely relaxing just me the dishes it was meditative combine this with epic travel a whole lot of clever dishwashingradical politics connections we have a great book on our hands some reviewers were like this guy was just a jerk he would just uit jobs leave people hanging what an asshole have these people ever washed dishes the whole point of having the goal be WASHING DISHES in every state as opposed to like being a hostage negotiater in every state is that washing dishes is pretty unskilled labor making it an easy job to get an easy job to uit because there s always someone else standing behind you ready to don the apron for a few bucks whatever

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Dishwasher One Man's uest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States PS

Dishwasher is the true Man's uest PDFEPUB #235 story of a man on a mission to clean dirty dishes professionally in every state in America Part adventure part parody and par. People compare this work to Kerouac s On The Road Or at least a blurb on the back cover of this book makes the comparison I understand why Here s a guy who looks at the conventional expectations of our society shrugs them off and hits the road In this case he aims to be a dishwasher in all 50 statesI really wanted to like this book The material was probably great as presented originally in zine articles and pieces on the NPR radio show This American Life The book is organized into vignettes each focusing on a particular place in Jordan s dishwashing travels A few of the vignettes described interesting characters or incidents The problem is that Jordan just isn t a very good writer Nothing really comes alive The people he meets are not vividly described and most start merging together after a while The dishwashing itself is described in depth which is kind of cool but Jordan s thoughts and motivations are often muddy and come across instead as a compulsive zig zag from place to place Maybe that is because his travels really were a compulsive zig zag but it doesn t make for much of a narrativeWorst of all I thought that Jordan just seemed like well kind of a jerk Putting one over on the man is one thing but it seemed as though he d just as soon screw over a small mom and pop operation as steal from a corporate commissary As I read about him bailing on people and places one by one I hoped for an interesting epiphany or at least a little bit of reflection on his experience and how he felt about it Instead the book lurched to an abrupt halt and we re left with nothing substantial at all This isn t a bad read just don t expect it to live up to the hype and don t expect an author with much to say about the interesting life he chose to lead

REVIEW Dishwasher One Man's uest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States PS

T miraculous journey of self discovery it is the unforgettable account of Pete Jordan's transformation from itinerant seeker into Dishwasher Pete unlikely folk hero writer. When I started this book I wrote I keep wondering when Pete will become a sympathetic protagonist Right now he she s kind of a dick The answer is Never Never does Pete become a sympathetic protagonist He flippantly uses the term plongeur morality to describe his unreliability and frankly it s really unappealing The ending of the book is terribly abrupt and I grew weary of his I worked this job until I got sick of it and then uit leaving people in the lurch TEE HEE AREN T I AWESOME tales


10 thoughts on “Dishwasher One Man's uest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States PS

  1. says:

    People compare this work to Kerouac's On The Road Or at least a blurb on the back cover of this book makes the comparison I understand why Here's a guy who looks at the conventional expectations of our society shrugs them off and hits the ro

  2. says:

    hmm the book itself is written just fine it's breezy and uick and goes well with a couple of beers on the back porch it's just look we've all uit a job once or twice in our lives without giving the two weeks' notice leaving people in the lurch bla bla bla it's a dick move but it feels great and it leaves you with a fun st

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    You would think working as a dishwasher for 10 years as the author did would yield some great stories and a heaping pile of insight into the human condition but there isn't anything like that to be found here Every chapter is exactly the same I got a job washing dishes in state then uit Way to go Here's a book dealAt many points while reading this book I truly thought I'd really rather be washing dishes than reading thi

  4. says:

    When I started this book I wrote I keep wondering when Pete will become a sympathetic protagonist Right now he'she's kind of

  5. says:

    Dishwasher Pete and I never ran in the same zine circles but I read a few issues of Dishwasher; everybody read that zine It was an exciting zine for a teenage girl like myself to read Here was a guy who decided to take off a

  6. says:

    man i really wanted to like this book i mean i DID like this book for the first 100 pages or so it's a highly readable account of one man's attempt to wash dishes in all 50 states yet it's of a meditation on the futility of working life wage slavery cool right? some parts even made me chuckle to myselfbut as time went on i got increasingly frustrated with dishwasher pete's adult baby ness and if there's one

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    i'm kind of amazed at the bad reviews this book has gotten on the goodreads website people are all i heard this guy on NPR his story sounded interesting but his book was a total bore it won't be surprising to people who know me that i knew about the dishwashing in all fifty states uest from dishwasher the zine i won't claim to have read too many issues because i was into riot grrrl when pete was publishing regularly our little zine scenes

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    Pete Jordan is no writer and to his credit never professes to be He is a wanderer a reader a collector of things and experiences an activist and even a community organizer of sorts The zine he created documenting his adventu

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    Terrific book Like when sampling one of the offerings of the few zinesters to get it in book form Pagan Kennedy Paul Lukas you're getting a re

  10. says:

    This is the sort of book you almost have to be a directionless slacker to enjoy This is the story of an obviously intelligent but incredibly lazy Gen Xer who decided to bum around the country washing dishes in all 50 states from the late 80's through 2001 He picked the dishwasher profession because it offered him free food no cust

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