Adam Avitable and Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess

My Interview with Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess (no, she’s not dead)

In addition to interviewing celebrities after they die, I decided that I wanted to use this platform of mine to support bloggers who become authors (not that they need my support, but any publicity is good publicity!). In the past, I’ve interviewed Rob Kroese who wrote the hilarious Mercury Falls and Mercury Rises, and Ree Drummond after she published her latest cookbook.

Today, I’m really excited to publish my latest interview. She’s darkly hilarious, immensely popular, and one of the nicest people in the blogging world. Her memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, hit #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List, and even though she was ridiculously busy on her book tour, Jenny Lawson was kind enough to let me ask her a few questions, and by kind enough, I mean that I pestered her long enough until she agreed to do it just to shut me the fuck up.

Adam Avitable and Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess

Before I get to the interview, I want to encourage anyone who hasn’t read her book to pick it up. It’s engrossing and fantastic and shows what engaging literature should be (as opposed to 50 Shades of Crap). It inspired me to get off of my ass and start working on my book, and if I can write a book even a tenth as good as hers, I’d be happy.

Is your name short for Jennifer or did your parents give you a really unique name like Generator or Jenneth or Adolf? What is the worst name that any parent could name his or her child?

Jenny: It’s short for Jennifer but Adolf is a family name. Thank God I wasn’t born a boy. The worst name I know of personally is “Pajamas”. Real name.

What was your process for writing your book, and is it legal in all 50 states?

Jenny: There was a lot of drinking involved. And a lot of writers block and post-it notes all over the house. It was like a book threw up in my office.

The bathroom of Adam Avitable, with a Jenny Lawson photo hanging in it.

Is it stranger that I have your photo in my bathroom or that my bathroom has a floor-to-ceiling window with blinds that barely close that faces right onto my front yard?

Jenny: Neither of those is strange. But look who you’re asking.

Everybody who has attained any level of popularity will end up with trolls, whether it’s due to jealous, hatred, or just simple ignorance on the troll’s part. Have you had to deal with them and if so, what do you do?

Jenny: I ignore them usually. Or agree with them. Depends on what they’re saying really.

Who would win in a deathmatch between you and Heather Armstrong? You and Wil Wheaton? You and me?

Jenny: I’m terrible at deathmatches because I’m a pacifist. I’d lose automatically. I’m good at checkers though.

Remember the good old days of blogging? What do you miss the most? The least?

Jenny: I miss knowing every single person that seemed to have a blog. Things are so much bigger now. At the same time though, there’s so much great new talent so it’s a positive as well.

In the case of a zombie apocalypse, do you think President Obama would be ill prepared, since the black guy always dies, or do you think Mitt Romney would be worse prepared, since the pompous rich white corporate dude
always dies? What characteristics make up the ideal Presidential candidate with regards to zombie preparedness?

Jenny: Obama became the first black president. I think he could become the first black zombie-killing bad-ass as well. The man is under-rated.

When is Victor’s tell-all response memoir coming out?

Jenny: Don’t give him any ideas.

In other Avita-news, for those of you who participated in my 75,000th commenter contest, the winner is Allyson – Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated and gave their opinions!

Now, go read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened!

Let's Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson

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32 Replies to “My Interview with Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess (no, she’s not dead)”

  1. Nona

    Where did you get your lying piece of shit scale? Mine is also a lying piece of shit, as I believe all scales are, but yours is much more sleek and modern than mine.

    Also, a bathroom photo of Jenny in your bathroom? Genius decorating touch. I applaud your taste.

  2. Loukia

    I was in the elevator with Jenny at Mom 2.0 and I only realized it as the doors were opening. Sorry my “in the elevator with Jenny” story is not more exciting! 🙂

    I have to get her book. I need something to clear my head from the craptastic 50 Shades of WTF.

    Also, you DID interview me, too, and I don’t even have a book out! (Thank GOD I’m Canadian… ;))

  3. Allyson

    I’ve been meaning to pick that book up for a while, now. I didn’t even know it was The Bloggess’ book. It just looked like a fun read. I’ll pick it up today. And, um, I won?? Yay! Will my drawing be emailed? Or will I be able to frame it and hang it in my bedroom, er – uh… living room?

  4. Elizabeth - Table for Five

    I have a spot on my bookshelf just for books written by bloggers; I definitely need to get Jenny’s! I think it’s awesome that you have her bathroom photo on your bathroom wall – way to show blogger love!

    Did you clean your bathroom just for the photo, or are you just that neat? Could you come here and teach my teen sons how to keep their bathroom that clean?

    Loukia calling it “50 Shades of WTF” is so spot-on. Have you seen the tumblr 50 Shades of Suck? I show it to anyone I’m with who mentions that piece of crap book.

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