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.)
"From beginning to end, Jen remains a sharply observant, genuinely funny, and trustworthy guide through this tumultuous era of her unusual life, and it's impossible not to root for her." Bust Magazine
"This is one of the most unusual sex memoirs you'll read all year, but without doubt the most entertaining." UK Forum
"Jens candor, well-developed sense of humor and honesty prove endearing; shes a hard narrator to dislike, with enough charm for anyone with an opinion on Sex and the Citytheres enough wry cynicism and disbelieving-but-nonjudgmental attitude for lovers and haters." Publishers Weekly
"I don't often finish a book in one sitting, but that was the case with Live Nude Elf. From the Rev.'s experience with balloon fetishists (aka "looners") to her creation of 'The Face of God' in a sex tape through the use of an old RCA DP3 camera, I couldn't help but find myself absorbed by her storytelling." Bookslut.com
"Live Nude Elf shows the funny side of kinky sex with hilarious, witty, and positively triple-X prose." Hipsterbookclub.com
"Live Nude Elf is funny, sexy, weird, beautiful and bravejust like the author." Janice Erlbaum, author of Girlbomb and Have You Found Her
"Note to publishers. Rev Jen is a writer. Let her write. About anything. And she will produce a kick-ass book. So I hope this one flies off the shelves so she is given that opportunity." Trav S.D., author of No Applause--Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous
"Live Nude Elf, like Jen, goes down easy...you might finish Live Nude Elf without realizing you've been reading at all." The Village Voice
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?