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.


  • John

    ‘Projectile incontinence’ had me laughing out loud until you said it might be a real thing. Now I’m sad.

  • Jen Sorensen

    PROJECTILE INCONTINENCE UPDATE: I did actually come across this phrase as I was reading Infinite Jest last night, so I’m going to attribute it to DFW.

    John, I’m not sure its inclusion in the book means it’s a real thing. Hopefully not.

  • Bill

    I think I might remember reading that phrase in one of his essays in A Supposedly Fun Thing I Will Never Do Again. Could it have been the drunk sorority chicks on the glass elevator on the cruise ship? Or something at the Illinois State Fair? A ride, or the dessert testing? So many possibilities.

    And John, if you have lived your life without thus far encountering the phenomenon, you probably don’t drink very much and probably don’t have children, no? Or else you are lucky.

  • Mr. Mayes

    Projectile Incontinence is basically a nice way of saying Explosive Diarrhea.

  • Jen Sorensen

    I envision projectile incontinence as being a dual-orificed phenomenon, but that’s just my own, possibly-implausible interpretation.

  • Elmore

    It’s not implausible at all. Once in college I had a bout with food poisoning (suffered by many students who had all eaten in the same cafeteria) and was erupting liquids and solids from both ends. That experience remains the closest I have come to wishing I were dead.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.