Elf Girl

Elf Girl

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by Rev Jen
     
 

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Meet Rev Jen. Patron saint of the uncool. Cheerleader for nonconformists, geeks, and oddballs the world over. From her tiny rent-controlled apartment on Manhattan’s hip Lower East Side, she holds court over a wacky cast of friends and lovers with an unchecked candor that makes her impossible not to love. Zany and wry, Rev Jen will charm readers with these

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Meet Rev Jen. Patron saint of the uncool. Cheerleader for nonconformists, geeks, and oddballs the world over. From her tiny rent-controlled apartment on Manhattan’s hip Lower East Side, she holds court over a wacky cast of friends and lovers with an unchecked candor that makes her impossible not to love. Zany and wry, Rev Jen will charm readers with these fun and irreverent true stories of her meteoric rise from art school misfit to neighborhood celebrity and all-around good-time gal. Whether she is dressing up as Doo-Doo, the hard-drinking Teletubby who’s been expelled from Teletubbyland, or starring in her one-woman musical Rats, the shortest running show on Broadway, Jen’s quirky humor and genuine heart make Elf Girl an anthem for misfits everywhere.

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Publishers Weekly
More than a follow-up to her first memoir, Live Nude Elf, Rev Jen's new book stands on its own as a witty and defiant account of a young woman lusting after her own brand of offbeat superstardom. In brief, vignette-like chapters, the author dramatizes her whimsical childhood in Maryland, her years as a struggling art student at the School of Visual Arts (she came to New York In 1990), and the series of increasingly quirky performance pieces she curated during her twenties and thirties while living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Her goofy sensibility brings to life such projects as the Anti-Slam (her answer to the poetry slam establishment), the Dance Liberation Front (a protest movement countering a law that made dancing in NYC bars illegal), and the Troll Museum, an extensive collection of the once-ubiquitous plastic dolls, housed in the author's living room and open for public viewing. Yet, despite the notoriety granted her by Paper magazine and the New York Times, Rev Jen maintains the work ethic of an underdog (her day jobs include working as a guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Christmas elf at Bloomingdale's). Consequently, her voice is both self-deprecating and hopeful: "Things haven't been cool since I moved here," she writes. "I guess that makes me lucky. If I'd gotten here in 1980, I'd probably be in rehab right now." Readers fond of performance artists and their debaucheries will find much to celebrate here.
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From the Publisher
"Rev Jen is a luminescent performer, artist, and writer, not to mention sex symbol…a beautiful outsider whose tales enlighten, titillate, and profoundly amuse." -- Jonathan Ames, author of The Extra Man and the creator of "Bored to Death"

“Reverend Jen is one of those amazingly good, if unlikely, things the universe throws up once in a blue fake-fur-covered moon. Her books are funny and perceptive and like nothing anybody else has written. Which actually might be a good thing, or the world would crumble under the weight of elf-ears and trolls and art.” - Neil Gaiman

“The libido. The audacity. Would that I were her.” - Janeane Garofalo

“Reverend Jen and Reverend Jen Jr. are two of my favorite people (a dog can be a person, I believe) in the Lower East Side. Rev. Jen is an inspiration to all, and her troll museum and monthly events keep our neighborhood chaotic and interesting.” - Moby

Kirkus Reviews
New York City woman-about-town's memoir about her life-as-performance-art quest to be fashionably "uncool." Inspired by her experiences as a Bloomingdale's Christmas elf, art-school grad and downtown NYC scenester Rev Jen (Live Nude Elf, 2009) began carefully forming her uncool identity in the early '90s by wearing Spock-like elf-ear attachments. Recalling her days as a young Lower East Side denizen in the mid-'90s, Jen describes her tame arty antics as grand, anarchic gestures of rebellion against the fusty establishment. She became known for her reactionary Anti-Slam poetry night, which fostered an environment of cuddly uncritical acceptance for wannabe slam-poets with a strict set of rules against any kind of harassment from the audience. Her promotion of art-damaged egalitarianism extended to her creation of an all-admission clique called the "Art Stars," which turned out to be little more than an alcoholic support group for directionless art-scene dregs. In between her persistently meaningless nightlife activities, she drifted from one low-paying job to the next, drank a lot, had sex with men who treated her badly, and experimented with LSD, all while managing to pay rent on her LES apartment. Rev Jen is perpetually obsessed with what's "cool" and what's "uncool," and her actions always end up blurring the line between the two. Although she styled herself as an outcast rebelling against the prevailing highbrow culture of the day, the author seemed ultimately reluctant to mix with truly unhip people: like, say, her schoolmates who listened to Phil Collins and the Republican rednecks who frightened her at a Charlie Daniels concert. Naturally, as she attained local celeb status for being a kitsch-loving contrarian, she finally got to frolic among extremely "cool" people: namely, transgressive filmmaker Nick Zedd and hyper-confessional author Jonathan Ames, among others. Largely forgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451631661
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,242,418
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.90(d)

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Elf Girl 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Oren_Lamed More than 1 year ago
Elf Girl is a non stop hilarious romp of the misadventures of the Reverend Jen and her merry band of Artstars. Along the way, she reveals the philosophy of Hal, extols the virtues of the King of Beers and confesses to the most uncool moment of her young life. Just like her Lower East Side neighbor Lady Gaga, Reverend Jen inspires all those who meet her. Rev Jen truly is the Andy Warhol of her generation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this book. NOW.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where i never paw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ya no one ever asked me to train. I hhope to be a warrior soon but I havent trained....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh wow
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