Is honesty the best policy?

In one of the comments on my first blog entry, reader “James” wrote something that struck a chord, because it is an idea I hear a lot: namely, that it is acceptable behavior to sharply criticize someone in some line of work and if that person does not take it constructively, it is their fault. I am aware James probably meant something more nuanced, such as upon occasion the direct approach works, and I agree with that. But to those who spout honesty as the overall best policy, I cannot disguise my disgust and contempt for such an idea. Let

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Welcome to PS&W: The Introduction to My Blog

When I was fresh out of college and starting my writing career at a magazine in New York, I will never forget a particularly lovely spring afternoon in which the editor of the magazine invited me for lunch to discuss my latest article. I thought it was a good piece I had written and was expecting some praise. Instead, he proceeded to dissect the article, explain why it was so bad, why I would never be a writer, and what other careers I should think about. This of course shocked me. But instead of thinking of myself, I couldn’t help

The Robert Greene Interview, Part 1

This is a three part interview by Tucker Max that will serve as the introduction to Power, Seduction and War: The Robert Greene Blog.   About two months ago Mark Ebner, of Hollywood, Interrupted, called me up. He was either smoking or out of breath, and I couldn’t really understand what he was saying until I heard this sentence: Ebner “Do you know who Robert Greene is?” Tucker “Are you kidding? He’s one of my heroes, I read his books like they are scripture.” Ebner “He wants to a do a website, you interested in talking to him about it?”

The Robert Greene Interview, Part 2

This is Part 2 of 3 of the interview between Tucker Max and Robert Greene. Part 1 can be seen here. TM: Who are your favorite five strategic thinkers? RG: Obviously I’d have to say Napoleon Bonaparte, I consider him the greatest strategist who ever lived. I call him the Mozart of Warfare. Then I’d have to say somebody like Sun Tzu. We don’t know much about him personally; it seems he was a general of some sort. But his book has had such an impact on strategy that you are forced to ask why–why do people still read Sun

The Robert Greene Interview, Part 3

This is Part 3 of 3 of the interview between Tucker Max and Robert Greene. Part 1 can be seen here, and Part 2 here. TM: Do people approach you differently when they know you’re Robert Greene and they know your work? In negotiations or things like that? RG: I haven’t been in too many negotiation situations. I let my lawyer handle that. But yes, in general people treat me very differently. They expect me to be hardcore, cynical, mean, a real asshole, but I’m not like that at all. When people who just meet me see that I am