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Neil Strauss on the Truth, Monogamy and Relationships

Category : Book Review

In The Truth, author Neil Strauss asks: Is it natural to be faithful to one person for life?

The book details his journey away from his monogamous relationship, and into a world of cheating, orgies, and sex addiction clinics. Neil begins, "As such, it requires sharing a lot of things I'm not proud of -- and a few things I feel like I should regret a whole lot more than I actually do. Because, unfortunately, I am not the hero in this tale. I am the villain."

What he discovers along the way is the agony, and the joyful freedom of living a life in which he is 100% truthful with everyone he meets: the girlfriends in his open relationship, his mother, and himself.

In this interview, Neil Strauss and Chris Castiglione explore questions of monogamy and relationships:

  • Is marriage a broken model?
  • How can we develop a better emotional education?
  • How do we find better examples of loving relationship?

When you started writing The Truth, did you know it would be about marriage and monogamy?

Yeah, I don't write with an agenda or a place that I'm going to. I might have an idea, but I'm always willing to discard that idea. It was the same when I was doing journalism and interviews for Rolling Stone. I am open to process of where it's going. First of all, in all my books, or most of my books, [they] don't start off as a book idea. They...  Read More

Chris Castiglione


Chris Castiglione is the co-founder of One Month (an online school for entrepreneurs), and the host of the On Books podcast. He has taught at Columbia University and has written for Entreprenuer.com, Crawdaddy Magazine, and Thought Catalog. Read more from Chris on his blog @ www.castig.org. 

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