If you are not yet acquainted with Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess (thebloggess.com), check her out immediately, and then sign up to see her at Writers Bloc on April 19. Her blog, (again, people, thebloggess.com), has become a destination vacation from the dreary ordinariness of….so many other dreary and ordinary and boring blogs. The Bloggess –irreverent, odd, and pretty hilarious– reminds us that there’s sometimes some comfort in having a conventional and “normal” upbringing.
Thebloggess.com is indeed an internet phenomenon; millions of readers flock (and click) to her site to read about her observations, misadventures, and analysis of everything from motherhood to pop culture. In her new book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny claims that although she reveals much in her blog about her completely unorthodox childhood, she leaves the best stuff for the book. You know it’s going to be interesting when you learn that her father was a taxidermist, who conducted his business in all of its gory glory, from the house. That her parents are characters is an understatement—and Jenny’s stories are affectionate, but really hilarious reflections of experiences no one could possibly make up. Jenny’s professional experience in Human Resources also lends itself to her particular brand of reasoned observation and subsequent ribald, good-natured mockery. There are many who can relate to her story about getting lost and refusing to use GPS — it’s that condescending tone that GPS lady uses that makes us want to defy her mystifying directions. Jenny Lawson’s pieces and her book are wonderful reminders how great it is that not everyone thinks like we do. We urge you to see her in person to learn how funny she is about the things we tend to take for granted.
In conversation with Soleil Moon Frye. Soleil is an actress, director and blogger, who, like Jenny Lawson, has hundreds of thousands of readers and fans. Check her out at moonfrye.com, but also at Writers Bloc on April 19. 7:30 pm. At the Writers Guild Theater, 135 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. Tickets, $20. For reservations, click here, or email us at