Dishwasher Pete

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Dishwasher Pete (AKA Pete Jordan) is a writer and publisher of the now defunct Dishwasher zine. He's also the author of the upcoming book DISHWASHER: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States.

For twelve years Pete moved from state to state with the goal of washing dishes in all 50 states of the US and writing about it. When Dishwasher Pete was invited to appear on Late Night with David Letterman he sent an imposter in his place, making for one of the more infamous moments in zining. The story was retold in issue #12 of Dishwasher.

Pete has also contributed to the NPR radio show This American Life on following episodes:

  • Episode #56 "Name Change"
  • Episode #74 "Conventions"
  • Episode #102 "Roadtrip"
  • Episode #109 "Notes on Camp"
  • Episode #115 "First Day"

Pete's writing appears on the Open Letters website:

Dishwasher Pete's MySpace profile reveals he's currently living in Amsterdam, Netherlands, but he's been known to make occasional stops in Portland, OR on his travels, where he spends time behind the counter at Reading Frenzy. He's planning a book tour of the U.S. starting May 16, 2007.

External Link

Dishwasher Pete's MySpace page with excerpts from his book

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