The Sorensen Monologues

Archive for June 22nd, 2011

This Week’s Cartoon: “Asterisky Business”

I have something of a ladycrush on Elizabeth Warren. I feel like she’s exactly who I’d be (or would want to be) if I’d grown up to become a Harvard law professor instead of a cartoonist.

Of course, Republicans can’t stand the thought of having someone ethical and intelligent trying to help consumers understand their credit card bills and mortgages. God forbid Americans actually be informed about how they’re being screwed. (I feel like I’ve said that before; I probably have.) I highly recommend the documentary Maxed Out, which features Warren, if you want to learn more about the grotesque predatory lending practices that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is intended to curb.

The “projectile incontinence” bit was inspired by a segment in Infinite Jest I recently read about a junkie going through heroin withdrawal. I think the projectile part was mine, but I’m not sure, so I’m going to give David Foster Wallace some credit here.


Jen Sorensen is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. The recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, she tweets at @JenSorensen.

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