If you’re not familiar with this New York Times Bestseller, it’s a non-fiction tale of a bright but nerdy writer who, in investigating the world of underground “pick-up” artists, becomes the Master of all of them.
Taught by another self-invented guru named “Mystery,” Strauss renames himself “Style” and seduces hundreds of women around the world.
How would you like to "full-close" with a Penthouse Pet of the Year?
The answers, my friend, are in Neil Strauss's entertaining book The Game.
It was a time of men, with names like Sir Walter Raleigh or the Earl of Essex, old-timey romantic types who relied on their moral fortitude and sense of adventure to woo the likes of Queen Elizabeth. In 2005, Neil Strauss’s best-selling book, The Game, introduced American men to the “seduction community” and its leaders — pick-up artists with names like “Mystery” and “Love Drop.” These men taught others, in strange, jargon-filled language, how to “neg” women into feeling like worthless tramps with odd, coded language and claims of hypnotism.
The Craft of Charisma, a year-old start-up, is New York City’s latest incarnation of this phenomenon.
When Juliet tells Romeo he “kisses by the book,” she may have had one particular volume in mind: Italian diplomat Baldassare Castiglione’s 16th century tome, The Book of the Courtier.
For more than a century, the treatise, originally written in Italian but translated to English by Sir Thomas Hoby, taught the Renaissance gentry how to become the perfect man, and find, of course, the perfect woman.
The parts on pickup and dating aren’t as good as a book like Models, but the story here is fantastic. A man has three seconds after spotting a woman to speak to her, he said.
You should speak to her over your shoulder, so it looks like you might walk away at any minute.” “Women are sick of generic guys asking the same generic questions: “So where are you from? It’s a disease AFCs get: They become obsessed with a girl they’re neither dating nor sleeping with, and then start acting so needy and nervous around her that they end up driving her away.” “…lions bite each other’s mane during sex, and how pulling the back of the hair is another evolutionary trigger.” “Most men make the mistake of believing that an attractive woman who doesn’t talk to or acknowledge him is a bitch.
Most of the time, however, she’s just as shy or insecure as the less attractive women he’s ignoring— if not more so.” “In some respects, surfing reminded me of sarging.
Although I hadn’t yet read I had to introduce myself.
Neil was extremely gracious and soft-spoken and he gave me his assistant’s email address.
And that’s what keeps you coming back.” “Girls don’t respect guys who buy them drinks.” “The key to physical escalation, David De Angelo had said in his seminar, is always two steps forward, one step back.” “And as a knight he has been trained to observe a strict code of conduct, which includes the rule of never asking questions or speaking unless he is addressed first. In the morning, he wakes to discover that the grail castle has disappeared.