Rules of the Game: Day 0

January 24, 2011

Two facts:

1. Here at nonpretentious, we like interactive books.

2. I’ve tried online dating for a year now and it sucks.  Big time.

That’s why I decided to pick up Neil Strauss’s Rules of the Game: Master the Art of Attraction in 30 Days. It’s a sort of companion/workbook to his bestseller The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pick-Up Artists. I figured, at best, it would be a crash course  in dating – doing the daily assignments – and in writing – blogging my experiences here.  At worst, well… at worst, I could turn into a total womanizer in 30 days.

Yes, you read that correctly.  I said womanizer.  Like the Brittany Spears song.  No, I’m not coming out of the closet. I’m merely reiterating Strauss’s point in his intro that this book “is a simple, easy-to-follow guide to approaching and attracting women of quality.” (Emphasis mine.) Because, he asserts, “[m]ale sexuality is catered to everywhere in society…[y]et there is little advice of substance available to help [men] learn to attract these women, to figure out who they are, to help them improve their lifestyle and social skills.” In contrast, Strauss points out, women have … wait for it! … Cosmo magazine and Sex and the City.  I guess it could be worse, he could’ve also included The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing Mr. Right. Let’s add gender study to the benefits of this pursuit.

So, without further ado, I’m going to start the Rules of the Game: Day 1… tomorrow.

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One Response to “ Rules of the Game: Day 0 ”

  1. Dan on January 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

    The books in this genre are definitely written with the idea of attracting women in mind. I’m not sure how much of it will be applicable to a woman trying to attract men. Some of the things will definitely offend your sensibility and raise the sexism defenses, but I could also see it being beneficial if you’re able to learn about the way women and men interact with each other. The basic principles of being an interesting and outgoing person are probably helpful to anyone though.

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