Synopses & Reviews
"In this lively memoir, Troll Museum creator, mail-order Reverend and all-around creative type Jen (who has a quirky fondness for wearing fake elf ears) recounts a two-year series of 'sexperiments' performed for her online Nerve magazine column. Though common wisdom asserts there's nothing new under the sun, Reverend Jen gives the cliché a run for its money, with material to make a sailor blush: she witnesses a jar of mayonnaise violated, attends an S&M 'reform school' and hosts a 'sex toy Olympics,' in which she puts an untold number of appliances and rubber goods through rigorous trials. Happily, Jen's candor, well-developed sense of humor and honesty prove endearing; she's a hard narrator to dislike, with enough charm for anyone with an opinion on Sex and the City-there's enough wry cynicism and disbelieving-but-nonjudgmental attitude for lovers and haters. Genuinely curious and game for just about anything, Jen's more conventional quest for love, especially near the end of the book, feels tacked-on despite its sincerity. Still, this narrative is a rarity in its field: a hedonistic nonfiction sex romp with an enormous heart." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Live Nude Elf
chronicles Reverend Jen's two-year stint as sex columnist for nerve.com
; she details her sexperiments,” ranging from harrowing (working as a live nude girl at Wiggles”) to embarrassing (fellatio school) to transcendent (reaching a mystical state through tantric sex). Along the way there is transvestitism, female ejaculation, opium smoking, and heartbreak.
In the Rev's art star” world, where a young bisexual boy named Orion has sex with a jar of mayonnaise, the more mundane acts of romancekissing, buying dinner for a lover, and just making eye contact in the sackbecome rare and subversive. The experiments, orgies, balloon fetish parties, a stint as the lube girl” on a porn set, the lab partners,” and the late nights begin to wear on the Reverend, who craves normalcy, and the columns change their tone: Jen takes care of a friends baby, navigates yuppie bars trying to snag a millionaire hubby, and dates a silver fox, someone older, distinguished, wealthy, and simply grooving with the eternal now.”
After a decade of New York City affairs, Jen unexpectedly falls in love and must decide: Does the life required of an artist and a sex columnist preclude her from monogamous romantic love?