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3somes in Movies, TV and Life

Butch, Sundance and Etta


New York magazine:

Gossip Girl’s recent three-way raised the ire of the Parents Television Council, who called the scene “reckless and irresponsible.” The three-way (as distinct from the ménage à trois, technically only a living situation), has historically been the domain of artists and rebels, and is frequently portrayed by Hollywood.


“A Short History of Three-Ways” NY Magazine: November, 2009

As related by Barbara Foster, Michael Foster, and Letha Hadady (who have themselves lived as a threesome since 1981) in their book, Three in Love.

1742: Casanova loses his virginity, at the age of 17, to two sisters.

1882: Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Ree, and Lou Andreas-Salome live together in Rome.

1926: “Ernvest [Hemingway] was sleeping with [wife] Hadley and making love to Pauline in [Antibes’] secluded coves; the three would eat breakfast in bed together.”

1930: Bonnie and Clyde recruit 17-year-old William Jones to assist in robberies and, allegedly, to service both of them sexually.

1940s: According to a biographer, sculptor Alberto Giacometti “sometimes liked a third person present at moments of physical intimacy.”

1952: Neal Cassady tries to persuade his wife Carolyn and Jack Kerouac to try “a three- way ball.” Kerouac is unable to perform.

Sometime between 1960 and 1963: “A brief, most unusual threesome took place during the painting of [Salvador Dalí’s] Venus Awaiting a Phone Call, whose model was Ultra Violet, an actress from Andy Warhol’s Factory. The third was a lobster.”


So How Common Are Three-Ways in Real Life?
Number of NYC Craigslist “Casual Encounters” threesome ads by gender breakdown during a recent seven-day period.

Beat News Review

Jack Kerouac

Some new books are out. I haven’t read ‘Beat Spirit: The Way of the Beat Writers As a Living Experience’ by Mel Ash yet, but it looks appropriately unusual. On the more informational front, Steven Watson’s ‘Birth ofllie·Beat Generation’ is probably the friendliest general history ofthe Beat literary movement I’ve seen. The author has also written books about the Harlem Renaissance, the Avant-Garde Arts movement etc., and he approaches the Beats with refreshing curiousity and no pretensions, obsessions or axes to grind. The book came out a couple of years ago, but has just been rereleased in paperback with a new foreword by Robert Creeley.
Moving out onto a limb, Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac and Carolyn Cassady show up in bed together, or close to it, in ‘Three In Love: Menages a Trois from Ancient to Modern Times,’ a fascinating new book about notable three-way sexual encounters in Western history. Other intellectual notables who show up in this book include Nietzsche, Henry Miller and the Pre-Raphaelites. The three co-authors (a man and two women, hmm, I wonder … ) cover a lot of cultural territory in this book.

March 4,1998

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