Live Nude Elf: The Sexperiments of Reverend Jen

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Soft Skull Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Live Nude Elf: The Sexperiments of Reverend Jen chronicles Reverend Jen Miller’s two-year series of adventures in love and sex in New York City The Reverend is a sort of elvish-speaking, Lower East Side version of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. The “sexperiments” range from harrowing (working as a live nude girl at Wiggles) to embarrassing (attending 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 twenty-one-year-old bisexual boy named Orion has sex with a jar of Mayonnaise, the more “mundane” acts of courtship, romance, and sex—kissing only, buying dinner for a lover, or just making eye contact in the sack—become themselves rare and subversive.

After a year, Jen confesses to having “grown a little tired of having sex.” The experimentation, the many “lab partners,” the late nights and cans of Budweiser, “meant romance was hard to come by.” After a decade of New York City flings, affairs, and a few failed relationships, Jen unexpectedly falls in love, and finally must decide between him and her art: can she continue a sex column and have a functional monogamous relationship? Or does the life implicit of a sex columnist preclude her from monogamous romantic love?

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User Review  - Jaimie - Goodreads

This charming, witty, ridiculous, inappropriate, and laughter-inducing memoir is surprisingly heartwarming. As we follow Reverend Jen along on her sexperiments for Nerve.com we see her find and lose ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

Recommended to me by a friend who said it sounded like Carrollton, GA in a book. I think that was more or less accurate. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Reverend Jen was born in 1972 after her mother induced labor by riding the teacups at the Enchanted Forest Amusement Park in Maryland. She got her B.F.A. in painting from the School of Visual Arts in NYC in 1990 and has since experienced no financial success whatsoever. She is a performer, painter, playwright, columnist, underground movie star, ASS Magazine founder, Troll Museum curator and Patron Saint of the Uncool. For 12 years she hosted the Anti-Slam, a weekly open mike on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and was voted Village Voice’s Best Do-It-Yourself "Go Girl” in 2002. She has performed all over the world at venues that include PS122, the Soho Theater in London, and the Kunstverein in Munich.

The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Warhol Museum and the Museum of Modern Art Library have collected Reverend Jen's handmade books, which include the cult classic, Sex Symbol for the Insane as well as her limited edition illustrated books. Printed Matter published her 2003 travel guide, Reverend Jen’s Really Cool Neighborhood, and she released a children’s book, Trollz: Best Friends for Life, though Scholastic in 2004.

Reverend Jen's writing and acting film credits include Lord of The Cockrings and The Adventures of Electra Elf. She also directed a music video for pop star, Moby.

The Rev. lives in New York City’s Lower East Side with her Chihuahua, Reverend Jen Junior, a dog-clothes model.

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