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Sexual Pensees Hardcover – September 26, 2006

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"Once again, Bruce Jay Friedman proves that wit and irony are sometimes the only appropriate response to the sexual imperative. Sexual Pensees is at once funny and salacious. Keep it by the bedside."
— Jay McInerney

"Sexual Pensees is essentially a confection, consisting of little anecdotes and pastiches about Friedman (or some stylized version of him) having sex and thinking about having had sex. Some of the tiny haiku and koan-like reminiscences are on the order of Woody Allen: "It annoyed him that he had lost a woman he cared about to a herring czar." Others bear a certain philosophical acceptance: "With the help of Viagra, he returned to sexual form, so to speak, at age seventy. Oddly enough, he had mixed feelings about this sudden renewal." The book is illustrated with drawings that look a little bit like outtakes from the original The Joy of Sex, and the whole thing is infused with a sweetness and a distinct lack of young-man's urgency."
— Meg Wolitzer in Nextbook

"Friedman does the essential task of rescuing sex from the three P’s- porno, prurience, and pomposity…. These are funny tales of people at their most naked, letting it all hang out, even if they happen to be fully clothed. We’re never more ourselves than when we’re doing the sexual dance. It’s not just for men, or for women, but for adult people who want to laugh, even cry, about what other adult people go through when it comes to topic A. It’s like a blast of fresh air in our polarized, insane times where gay-bashing preachers are outted and sex is once again a dirty word. The drawings, by Andre Barbe, are done with taste and wit and a nice dollop of French perversity.
— Ken Krimstein, Culture Catch

About the Author

Bruce Jay Friedman has published eight novels, four story collections, and three works of nonfiction, as well as writing a half dozen plays and receiving several screenwriting credits, including Stir Crazy (1980), Doctor Detroit (1982), and Splash (1984), which won an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His work The Lonely Guy’s Book of Life (1982) provided the basis for Steve Martin’s film The Lonely Guy.

André Barbe, a Parisian artist, has been widely published in France in L’Express, Le Monde, Investir, Le Figaro, L’Echo des Savanes, Magazine Littéraire as well as internationally in Die Welt, Die Zeit, and L’Anamorfico. He has published sixteen books and often animates for film and television. He has mounted one-man exhibitions in Glasgow and at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musée de l’Erotisme à Paris et à Berlin, and the Museo d’Arte Erotica à Venise.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Playboy Press; First Edition edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586421204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586421205
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,928,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Regina Voorhes on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Great little book of humourous observations. Makes a great gift for a worldly person.
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Interesting bathroom or nightstand kind of book. Quick read if done cover to cover. Basically a lot of little sexual vignettes/anecdotes, most of which have a slightly humorous edge.
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