Quote of the Day — Ryan Gosling on Picking Up Women

“I don’t want to disappoint you, but it’s not really like the film. I just tried to follow all the rules that men’s magazines give you, like all the ways you’re supposed to dress, all the exercises you’re supposed to do, and all the things you’re supposed to say. Just follow the letter of the law. I read that book, The Game. I like to call it The Lame. Or that TV show, The Pick Up Artist. I watched that. I don’t know whether seduction can be taught or not. But these gentlemen seem to think that they have something to say, and they have devotees. What I like about the film is the philosophy. Even though Jacob’s essentially a knucklehead, at the heart of it, he’s saying: ‘Don’t use pick-up lines, don’t make lame bar banter. Just talk to them as you would talk to one of your friends. Just talk to them.’ So, I thought if there’s any wisdom in there, that probably sounds like good advice.” Ryan Gosling, on how he prepared for his ladies-man role for Crazy, Stupid Love, followed by an inappropriate dig at one of my favorite books in the history of literature — The Game.

Neil Strauss’ ‘The Game’ Will Become a Movie — HOORAY!

If you know me personally, then you’ve probably heard me excessively encourage others to read ‘The Game.’ The book is often pitched as a how-to guide, teaching men how to pick-up women, but it’s much more than that. It’s a book about the psychology of women, and it helps men have the courage to approach women without looking pathetic. I read it on a whim, and I thought I would laugh at its inaccuracy and its misogynistic undertones. But the truth is — it’s dead on accurate. If men want to understand how to get out of their own way when they like a woman, then they should read it, and if women want to understand why they often act like such bitches around nice men — then they should read it too. So you can imagine my happiness when I heard that it’s finally going to be adapted to the big screen. Congratulations, Mr. Strauss. You deserve it.

Music Spotlight: Jenny O. Plays at Diane Von Furstenberg’s Store

My friend invited me to Jenny O.’s performance last night at Diane Von Furstenberg’s store, and I embarrassingly canceled at the last minute to attend the Paley Center’s American Idol panel.  I’m told by my drummer friends that Jenny O. was very good. Watch the video below and judge for yourself.  It’s excellent.