Before beginning the story, I do want to dedicate it to three different individuals. One is Gay Talese, the author of “Thy Neighbor’s Wife,” which is an icon of first class journalism on the sexual revolution of the US, including court cases, which led him on a 9-year journey of in vivo research. The other two are Mickey and Mallory, heroes/killers from Oliver Stone’s film, “Natural Born Killers.”
Talese was a first-class journalist, as his greatest quality was his integrity. He had a keen nose for a story and was sensible enough to go about his investigations so the subjects of his research understood he was trying to understand their perspectives, no matter how extreme they were from his perspectives; yet at the same time not raise their suspicions or defenses. The stories coming from Talese were profound and biting as a lime cut fresh from the tree.
Talese’ current research was on swing(ers.) He was scheduled to meet the couple he was going to interview at a well-known swinger’s bar called, “The Hungry Anteater.” The bar was clothing optional. In order to put the couple he was going to interview at ease, he left his clothing in one of the changing room lockers just inside of the door.
Mickey and Mallory were sitting near the poles, where LGBTQI dancers titillated the patrons while they sipped their fizzy drinks. Talese recognized them by their spiked blond hair and joined them at their table.
Talese couldn’t help but notice the tattoos each of them had on one arm. Mickey’s was on his right upper arm and Mallory’s was on her left upper arm. They looked like a bunch of jumbled lines, circles, and colors, but similar to each other’s. Trying to understand, Talese asked Mickey what the tattoos were about. Mickey put his arm up by Mallorys. Talese saw that the tattoos were meant to join together into one image.
Mickey said, “this, my friend, is a love ball.”
“It’s what!,” asked Talese.
“Take a closer look.”
Talese got closer and saw it was several nude bodies, male and female, curled in various sexual positions. It was a magnificent icon to swinging if there ever was one.
Talese remarked, “Together those things really make a beautiful whole.”
Mallory said, “When we like someone, we put our arms together, then ask them which position in it they like best. Which one do you like?”