Thursday, February 20, 2014


Impress Her With a Clean Bong

"That was a friend who emailed me. I hadn’t talked to him in a while, and he wrote and said: 'Hey, how are you? San Fran’s great, I’m seeing a new lady, and I want to impress her with a clean bong.'"

—We'll have more with Clean Person Jolie Kerr on the site next week, but please tide yourself over with her Q&A in the New York Times (!) today. My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag is due out next Tuesday, and she and Bobby Finger will be chatting at Brooklyn's Powerhouse Arena next Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Details here. Press your shirt, you filthy animals.

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Jolie Kerr

EMMAAAAAAA! Okay is this a safe space for me to share some OUTTAKES? I feel like it is. Here goes:

1. The Times writer was so lovely and so funny, and she told me that there were some things she absolutely wouldn't be able to get by her copy editor, which CRACKED ME UP. Among them were (obviously) The Jizzcliner but also skid marks. Which I get, because of the squick factor, but as I quite literally said to her, "Penelope, everybody poops. There's even a book about it!" So that was amusing.

2. The photographer who took my picture similarly reacted to some sort of naughty prints I have handing above my bed. "Oh, well those can't be in the photo. This is the Times!"

3. Apparently I'm so old that I still know what a bong is. The kids these days apparently don't. "They all use vaporizers." And then I wept for my aged self.

Hmmm what else? I'm sure there's more.

Jolie Kerr

*hanging, not handing. Professional writer writes real good.


lets just appreciate@m


We need a follow up about this new lady. Was she sufficiently impressed??

Jolie Kerr

@Jaya SHE WAS!

Also, I cannot tell you which Q it was because CONFIDENTIALITY, but Jaya is in the book. As is a question from Nicole Cliffe, and I think Jane Marie too. There's also a wedding horror story from The Awl's former managing editor. It's like a family reunion up in that book!


Jolie, that shirt is stunning!

Jolie Kerr

@stonefruit Thank you! it's actually a dress, which you can't tell from the cropping. (Is so nice to see some familiar commenter names here!)


Joliiiiieeee!!!! Hooray for your book! And congratulations! I can't wait to buy it and read it.

Jolie Kerr

@ru_ri Thanks mama! I hope you enjoy it!!

Plant Fire

@Jolie Kerr I preordered it and I'm so excited!! I also wanted to say that #yocp has been really helping me get my apartment on track and de-filthified

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Jolie, please tell us if the rapid succession of "Tell us about your apartment," "Are you married?" and "Is your mother proud that you are a woman who cleans?" is indeed the most New York Times thing that has ever happened.

I'm so excited to read your book.

Jolie Kerr

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) LOLLLLLLLL that is a good point. I was sort of surprised that she asked if I was married, TBH. But I think that's because I'm still getting used to the idea that I am married. In fairness, the part about my mother being so pleased was in response to a longer answer I gave about the cleaning thing kicking in around adolescence.

isabelle bleu

Just came here to chirrrrup about how THRILLING it was to get notification from Powell's Books that my pre-ordered copy of this book has now been sent off to me in the mail! Congratulations, can't wait to read it, Jolie!

Lily Rowan



I was so stoked when I got the email from Amazon saying that it was now available on my Kindle. I had to stop myself from reading it during dinner b/c I do not think my boyfriend would have appreciated it. But it is so funny! Also, I am excited for the day when someone has a cleaning emergency and I can be the hero because I have Jolie's book.

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