Pete Jordan, “Dishwasher: One Man’s Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States”

The title says it all: This dude, a kind of pioneer slacker, travels around the country, getting jobs, eating leftovers, quitting jobs—often all in one day. It’s not incredible writing, but it is great fun. (Hear an NPR story here.)

Published: 2007, 385 pp.
Obtained via: Library
Date started: 10.5.07
Date finished: 10.18.07
What I liked: Dishwasher Pete ran a zine from various pitstops and friends’ places over the years, and you can feel the zine origins in the writing. I also love the Pittsburgh shoutout and all the mentions of how awesome Portland is. (He put out a few issues from Reading Frenzy, a zine shop I love.)
What I didn’t like: Dude takes about 50 pages to get to the nut graf/thesis of the whole thing. Luckily, the rest of the book flies by.
What I learned: If I want a job with ultimate mobility, dishwashing is it.


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