Two drugged-out couples contemplate life and morality in “Leviathan,” a classic short story by the masterful Tobias Wolff.
For Helen’s thirtieth birthday party, her husband decides to
throw her a small party. Armed with booze and three grams of cocaine, the four
partyers—Helen, her husband, and another couple—spend the night and the next
morning in a drug-induced stupor. As their talk turns to past misdeeds and
shameful acts, the couples begin to wonder if it’s not the bad decisions in
life bring happiness and meaning.
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