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Seconds of Pleasure: Stories

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In "Seconds of Pleasure," acclaimed award-winning director and playwright Neil LaBute, brings to the page his cutting humor and compelling take on the shadowy terrain of the human heart. Best known for his controversial plays and films, his short fiction has appeared in "The New Yorker" and "Playboy." Seductive and provocative, each potent and pithy tale in "Seconds of Ple ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Grove Press (first published August 31st 2004)
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Jun 09, 2011 Jeruen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess this is what one gets when one writes about the dynamics of male-female relationships. This book is a collection of stories that detail the politics and reality of relationships between men and women.

So, why did I pick this book? I have been impressed with the work of Neil LaBute before. I am a big fan of his work, and I have seen both the movie and play version of The Shape of Things. What I like about his work is the candid and frank depiction of human emotion, how humans can be diffic
Feb 26, 2008 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was really fun to read some short stories by Neil LaBute! He is known for his plays, and two of them are among my favorites. If you like contemporary drama, be sure to check out The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. They're both great.

He writes a lot about the nature of people and society's reaction to people or types of people. He is very interested in people's appearances, which sounds superficial, but LaBute seems to suggest society thinks otherwise.

Just do yourself a favor and pick up someth
Rob Fisch
a collection of short stories, or maybe more like narrative vignettes because each one didn't necessarily have a real beginning or end but moreso just painted a literary picture of a very human situation. some were good, some were just ok. one of the main things i both liked and disliked was the narrator's train of thought. it seemed free-flowing and conversational yet the style was repetitive and got old quick.
May 13, 2008 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
as a lover of labute's (stage- and screen-)plays, i was disappointed in his fiction. the dialogue falls a little flat without an actor's delivery. the less-engaging stories leave bare the labute trope of introducing important information at the end, to shift the reader's perspective on that which came before.
Oct 19, 2010 Aaron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper-shredder
Boring short stories. After about the 5th short story, I couldn't continue for fear of falling into a coma.
A very interesting collection of stories about the various sources of pleasure. Quite a few were surprising in their conclusion.
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One of my all-time favourites!
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Neil LaBute is an American film director, screenwriter and playwright.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, LaBute was raised in Spokane, Washington. He studied theater at Brigham Young University (BYU), where he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At BYU he also met actor Aaron Eckhart, who would later play leading roles in several of his films. He produced a number of plays that pushed
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