When the Slate staff discussed the topic of Warren Beatty potentially sleeping with 12,775 women, as biographer Peter Biskind asserts, “most of the men present found Biskind's number preposterous. Several women, though, argued it might be feasible. Interpret that, dear reader, as you will,” writes Nathan Heller. Heller is of the “it’s preposterous” opinion—and he lists 13 reasons why “such a rate of conquest seems logistically, socially, and ontologically impossible”:
- Unless Beatty never slept with the same woman twice, he would have had to carry on at least two relationships per day from age 19 to 54, “which challenges everything we know about the possibilities for getting from here to there in LA traffic.”
- And what about days he was sick, or the weather was bad? “He would have needed to redouble his efforts to maintain Biskind's average.” See again: LA traffic.
- With all the time spent seducing women, Biskind never explains when Beatty would have had time to go to the grocery store…or, for that matter, play a nice game of squash.
- Perhaps most importantly, “Why was Beatty, a movie star, coming into contact with so many strangers, anyway? Was he going door-to-door?”
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