Night Terrors: Sex, Dating, Puberty, and Other Alarming Things
About the Book
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.
If you can’t tell already, Ashley Cardiff is an original voice on sex, dating, culture, and surviving youth. Deputy Editor for TheGloss.com, very much in the same vein as Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” Cardiff takes controversial and uncomfortable topics head-on in NIGHT TERRORS, with brass and intelligence, analyzing and dismantling our culture as we live it.
While she is outrageous, she is never unfair, and she does more than simply criticize. As NIGHT TERRORS bowls you over with laughter, Cardiff also tells the story of a young twenty-something learning how to survive in the big city, how to relate to other people, and how, simply, to be yourself.