Neil Strauss is a bestselling author, journalist, and media personality known for his work in dating and relationships, self-help, and popular culture. He is best known for his book "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists," published in 2005 and spent multiple weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
In "The Game," Strauss documents his journey into the world of pickup artistry and seduction techniques and the various characters and personalities he encountered along the way. The book was a cultural phenomenon and helped popularize the term "pickup artist" and the concept of "pickup artistry."
Before becoming a bestselling author, Strauss was a music journalist and wrote for Rolling Stone, Spin, and The New York Times, among other publications. He has interviewed and profiled many musicians and celebrities, including Motley Crue, Britney Spears, Eminem, and Christina Aguilera.
After the success of "The Game," Strauss released several more books, including "The Rules of the Game," an expanded edition of "The Game," "The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships," and "Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life."
Neil Strauss has received numerous awards and accolades for his work as a writer and journalist. One of his most notable awards is the Quill Award for Best How-To Book, which he received in 2006 for "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists." The Quill Awards are presented annually by the New York City-based Quill & Scroll Society, which recognizes excellence in journalism and writing.
Additionally, "The Game" was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life award in the Relationship category. His book "Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life" was a finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.
He has also received positive reviews from various publications for his books. "The Game" was included in the New York Times' list of 100 Notable Books of 2005 and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, and The Village Voice.
In addition to his writing, Strauss is also a speaker and media personality. He has appeared on numerous television shows, including "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and "The Howard Stern Show." In addition, he has been a guest on various podcasts and radio programs. He has also been a speaker at multiple events and conferences, including the South by Southwest festival and the TEDx conference.
Overall, Neil Strauss is widely considered one of the most influential figures in dating and relationships. His work has significantly impacted popular culture and how people think about dating and relationships.