"Sex is war," pronounced one-time actress and screenwriter Fiona Lewis, about her cheeky first novel, "Between Men," a tale of lust and obsession in Hollywood. It has just been published by the Atlantic Monthly Press.
Celebrating the book--if not Lewis's sentiment--at a West Beach Cafe party in Venice, Calif., were Lewis's editor Morgan Entrekin and the hosts of the party: producer Art Linson, screenwriter Mitch Glazer and his wife, actress Kelly Lynch (in a black satin Agnes B. cheong-sam).
The usually elusive Robert De Niro made his entrance through the back and stayed near the men's room, flanked by an army of other purposefully low-key celeb guests, including Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey, Val Kilmer and Joanna Cassidy.
Lots of talk about sex, of course.
"I think about sex. That's what I think about sex," announced Dennis Hopper, who was dressed in a spiffy John Pearse tweed jacket.
Linson, who has "Casualties of War" and "This Boy's Life" among his credits, has lived with Lewis for eight years, but seemed baffled by her "sex is war" comment.
"I'd never say anything like that," he said.
"Of course, it's not war for him," said Lewis. "If everybody says 'yes,' what's the war?"
Sean Penn spent much of the evening in serious conversation with Barbara Hershey. But a couple of weeks before, at the "Ready to Wear" post-premiere party, he had expertly fended off a drunken and sexually predatory admirer.
"I was drunk myself. I am tonight," he said, surveying the packed book crowd with a pleased smile. "If you're going to jump in, you might as well swim."

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