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Title: The Game - Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Arttists
Author: Neil Strauss
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ALSO BY NEIL STRAUSS
The Long Hard Road Out of Hell
WITH MARILYN MANSON
WITH MOTLEY CRUE
How to Make Love Like a Porn Star
WITH JENNA JAMESON
Don't Try This at Home
WITH DAVE NAVARRO
PENETRATING THE SECRET
SOCIETY OF PICKUP ARTISTS
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Dedicated to the thousands of people I talked to in
bars, clubs, malls, airports, grocery stores, subways,
and elevators over the last two years.
If you are reading this, I want you to know that I
wasn't running game on you. I was being sincere.
Really. You were different.
"I COULD NOT BECOME ANYTHING:
N E I T H E R BAD NOR G O O D , N E I T H E R
A SCOUNDREL NOR AN HONEST MAN,
N E I T H E R A HERO NOR AN INSECT.
AND NOW I AM EKING OUT MY DAYS
IN MY CORNER, TAUNTING MYSELF
W I T H THE B I T T E R AND ENTIRELY
USELESS CONSOLATION THAT AN
INTELLIGENT MAN CANNOT SERIOUSLY
BECOME A N Y T H I N G ; THAT ONLY
A FOOL CAN BECOME S O M E T H I N G . "
Notes from Underground
Those who have read early drafts of this book
have all asked the same questions:
IS THIS TRUE?
DID IT REALLY HAPPEN ?
ARE THESE GUYS
Thus, I find it necessary to employ
an old literary device. . .
IS A TRUE
IT REALLY HAPPENED.
Men will deny it,
Women will doubt it.
But I present it to you here,
Naked, vulnerable, and
I beg you for your forgiveness in advance.
D O N ' T HATE T H E PLAYER . . .
HATE T H E G A M E .