Night terrors : sex, dating, puberty, and other alarming things

by Cardiff, Ashley,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3603.A7348 Z46 2013
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  PS3603.A7348 Z46 2013
 
 
Summary
From getting kicked out of Bible study to metaphysics with strippers--a misanthrope's wickedly witty observations about the ridiculous, raunchy, and frequently disturbing impulses that propel human existence.

With the wit of David Sedaris and the analytical sharpshooting of Sloane Crosley, Ashley Cardiff spares no one--least of all herself--in an absurd and relentlessly funny journey of sexual development.

Cardiff reflects on her introverted, awkward and too-smart teenage years to her slightly bolder (but still uncomfortable) adult relationships, all while exploring the rich anthropological terrain of sex and love. Expounding on dating Mormons, the inherent weirdness of adolescent development, sexual nightmare-fantasies about Prince, family members' sex tapes, and narrowly avoiding a teenage orgy, Cardiff recognizes sexuality for the anxiety-making force it is. Weaving adept analysis with hilarious anecdotes, she goes for something much deeper than a rant, crafting satire that's as smart as it is ruthless.

Delivering fresh, unapologetic views from the perspective of a precise and ferociously irreverent young female writer, Night Terrors is a rollicking manifesto on the agonies of modern life and love.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this riotous memoir, TheGloss.com deputy editor Cardiff turns a gimlet eye on sex-not the fun adult kind, but the horrible transition from innocence to experience, a passage she calls "a big purple Jungian k-hole... you don't know what it is, you know it's bad and you're obsessed with it." The book traces a kind of warped arc from youth to sexual maturity, and the best passages describe Cardiff's faltering first steps into sexuality: her formative encounter with a skeevy New Age sexual athlete who'd "never had sex... but [had] made love at least a thousand times"; misinformed tween rumors about what happens after anal sex; and a disastrous attempt at faking sexual precocity ("I have, like... four... anal beads in [my backpack]," she says to a cool older girl). But there are flashes of sweetness in the midst of this. For all the fun Cardiff makes of the idiocy of her youth ("My knowledge of France at sixteen was informed entirely by the chef in The Little Mermaid."), she astutely notes that "all feelings are at once more lucid and baroque when we're seventeen." It's to Cardiff's credit that these feelings, no matter how overwrought they were at the time, are remembered here with humor, sensitivity, and wisdom. Agent: Erin Malone, WME Entertainment. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Cardiff, Ashley.
Cardiff, Ashley -- Childhood and youth.
Adolescence -- United States.
Teenagers -- Sexual behavior -- United States.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 21st century.
Publisher New York, New York :2013
Language English
Description ix, 268 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781592407866 (pbk.)
1592407862 (pbk.)
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