The Suburban Kamikaze is the nom de keyboard of Chicago area writer and journalist Pat Dunnigan, whose work has appeared in respectable newspapers, magazines, books, radio and literally thousands of Post-It notes across the country.
But over the years, she found she had amassed a collection of what might loosely be called "thoughts" and "stories" that did not necessarily fit into the category of her work that could loosely be described as "profitable."
In short, she was interested in squandering years of professional credibility for the rapidly expanding literary format known as "unpaid" that would soon come to dominate the world of ideas.
This presented her with a world of new opportunities including the freedom to sprinkle profanity and sexual innuendo throughout her writing as well as the freedom from professional editing that had long repressed her shallow comic worldview and affection for run-on sentences.
The result is what has been described as the "funniest laundry blog to come out of the suburban Midwest since ever."
Also as "so not funny. And what is up with her hair?" But we are pretty sure that one was coming from inside the house.
In her spare time, she writes mildly pornographic parodies and grocery lists. Her views on parenting are mostly a collection of cocktail recipes. She couldn't care less whether or not you breastfed your children.
love it! Today's it's helping me survive a very Midwestern (St. Louis style) lawn care moment, in my neighborhood of square and ball-shaped bushes, razor-edged, postage-stamp lawns, and office-park landscaping. These people think "cottage style" gardens (perennial beds, climbing roses and vines, etc.) need some Round-up and a giant weed-eater, and they are not above hiring one while you're away for the weekend, or "accidentally" mowing your gorgeous fountain-shaped flower bush to the nearly blossom-free square theirs have been so carefully molded to become.---transplant, not thriving here.
Posted by: Perry | May 18, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Oh Perry, it gets so much worse. Have you seen winter? Have you had the Jell-O salad?
Posted by: Suburban Kamikaze | May 18, 2011 at 06:23 PM
So glad to have found this blog...doing research for my own right now, and saw you on the "Dotcomrades" of Whiskey in My Sippy Cup. Love, love, love this, and even though I live in sunny San Diego now, my Midwestern (Wheaton) will always have a special place in my heart.
Posted by: Marnie | May 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Come back any time. We will do our best to cure any homesickness you may be experiencing.
Posted by: Suburban Kamikaze | May 03, 2012 at 05:25 PM
You are officially my new favourite person. (Don't tell my husband or my three kids...)
Posted by: Patricia | May 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM
What a nice thing to say! My lips are sealed.
Posted by: Suburban Kamikaze | May 07, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Suburban Gaga or Lady Kamikaze...I'm thinking that's no lady due to the distinct lack of refinement portrayed, so Gaga you are!
Posted by: Jay Jay | May 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Nobody in a house full of teenagers could wear a dress made of meat Jay. It would be suicidal.
Posted by: Suburban Kamikaze | May 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Too often I see these sames scenes unfold in our household... too seldom are they as amusing as you depict. I wonder, do you see the humour straight-away?
Posted by: Chip | May 18, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I may see it. But I'm not necessarily laughing. Often I'm too caught up in trying to intervene, in hopes of influencing a completely different outcome than the one that is ultimately funnier. Also, inevitable.
Posted by: Suburban Kamikaze | May 18, 2012 at 05:53 AM