4 star rating
By the Pound
By Marcus Bleecker 
ISBN# 9781611875386

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy


Whites, colors, darks. It seems like doing laundry would be a fairly simple task, but for many people there just isn’t the time. Enter a place like By the Pound, where you can simply drop off your clothes and pick them up later, clean and folded. Sure, it may be a bit awkward to have someone launder your “private items,” but it’s all about convenience. Well, unless you’re the poor protagonist in this story, who soon finds that his bag of clothes may have to sit unclaimed at the wash and fold laundromat because he’s too embarrassed by the items inadvertently left in the side compartment of his laundry bag.

A hilarious short story from Emmy-nominated cinematographer, author and drummer for The John Popper Project, Marcus Bleecker. (Goodreads)


This is a very well written hilarious short story. Clearly the author has spent some time in a  laundromat because he describes it perfectly. By the second page of this story I was laughing out loud. Yes, I have spent time doing laundry at the laundromat and have seen the people he describes so vividly.

Last time I went was several years ago with my then 16 year old daughter when we saw exactly what the author wrote about…

“when folks bring a gang load of kids in there and it turns into a daycare center with kids hollering and pushing laundry carts over your feet…”

My daughter said that would be a great commercial for birth control.

The story just continues to get funnier and funnier. I highly recommend it for adults who enjoy irony and humor. I’m still laughing when I think about what he accidently left in his duffle bag. lololol