Muckety this! Daisy chains and martini lovers

By Laurie Bennett

May 24, 2008 at 10:56am

Decades ago, Truman Capote invented a party game he called “international daisy chain.” Each link in the chain was a person who had had an affair with the next link.

Deborah Davis notes in Party of the Century, her book about Capote’s famous black and white ball of 1966, that his favorite chain started with Cab Calloway and ended with Adolf Hitler, with three names in between.

We suspect, though, that Capote might have devised the ball guest list as one long daisy chain. The in-crowd attending the party at the Plaza included many notorious infidels.

More recently, Nora Ephron has written about a similar entertainment called “one away.” You’re one away from someone if you’ve both slept with the same person.

Modern technology has enabled Muckety to add a new twist to the pastime. Possibly a lemon twist.

We’re calling our version of the game “martini lovers.”

It can’t be coincidence that when we mapped sleeping arrangements (current and former) among a group of young Hollywood denizens, the resulting paths outlined a martini glass.

At the base of the glass is Sofia Coppola, who was married to Spike Jonze, who dated Drew Barrymore, who dated Zach Braff, who dated Mandy Moore, who dated Wilmer Valderrama, who dated Lindsay Lohan, who dated Aaron Carter, who dated Hilary Duff, who dated Joel Madden, who now dates Nicole Richie, who was engaged to Adam Goldstein, who also dated Mandy Moore.

If you can do better, please save your map and let us know about it, by emailing martini(at)

(Map created by Emily Morgan.)

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