He was a minor celebrity, too, appearing on the Today show now and again to explain his evolutionary theories about mating. She was writing a profile piece for Misconstrued, the magazine “for women, like you, who defy definition!
As much sexual object as academic, he wrote on a subject that everyone likes to read about, and he looked like someone you could easily imagine in the act.
Byrne’s career skyrocketed with the publication of Thinker’s Hope.
It won the National Book Award and sold over five million copies worldwide. He followed it up the next year with The Half-Life of Sex, a commercial, if not critical, success.
At 22, just out of college, Charlie, as he was known to his friends, was selected by Robert Rimmer to apprentice at the experimental sexuality retreat known as the Sandstone Institute, in Malibu.
He remained close to Rimmer until his death and credits Rimmer’s teachings on polyamory with influencing most of his own work and life. Byrne took Robert Rimmer’s theories one step further and promoted promiscuity as an ideal state for fostering a stable, family-oriented culture. You may find one or the other in a companion, but never both.” He believed that sexuality is the purest form of artistic expression, a theme that later proliferated in his first book, Thinker’s Hope.