It becomes apparent that 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." The tasks begin to change their tone: Jen takes care of a friend's baby, navigates the cobblestones of Little West 12th street and expansive midtown yuppie bars trying to snag a millionaire hubby, and dates a silver fox, "someone older, distinguished, wealthy and simply grooving with the eternal now."
Though even as The Rev begins to crave normalcy, she is never too far from insights on orgies - "stick to the wine like the Romans did (or even Budweiser)" - balloon fetish parties, and a stint as the "lube girl" on a porn set.
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?
Includes a very brief forward by Jonathan Ames.
Soft Skull Press
5 x 8
April 1, 2009
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