The Tim Ferriss Show

Neil Strauss has written 7 New York Times bestsellers, including The Game. He's also been an editor at Rolling Stone and a staff writer for The New York Times.

In this episode, we discuss life, his creative process, writing, and generally answer the questions: How do you create amazing work? How to you overcome writer's block and other pitfalls? What are Neil's favorite books and movies? How do you edit your work to go from terrible to award-winning? How did Neil become a master interviewer, and how does he do it? What's next?

Show notes and links can be found at

Neil is a close friend, and this is one of my favorite conversations we've had together. Enjoy!

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Sam Harris is a neuroscience Ph.D. and the author of the bestselling books, The End of FaithThe Moral LandscapeFree Will, and LyingThe End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction.

In this episode, we explore the science of lying, "spirituality" or spiritual experiences, religion, meditation, and more.  It's really a discussion of the human experience, and how to optimize it without harming others.

Sam's writing has been published in more than 15 languages. Mr. Harris and his work have been discussed in The New York TimesTimeScientific AmericanNatureNewsweekRolling Stone, and many other journals

Show notes and links can be found at


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This is a short audio essay "inbetween-isode" of <15 minutes -- enjoy!  Let me know what you think: @tferriss

Pura vida,


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My guest this episode is Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick, Ph.D., who works with Dr. Bruce Ames, the 23rd most-cited scientist across ALL fields between 1973 and 1984 (!).

Dr. Patrick also conducts clinical trials, performed aging research at Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and did graduate research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she focused on cancer, mitochondrial metabolism, and apoptosis.

Whether you want to extend life, buy a stem-cell "insurance policy," or guard against cancer and premature death, she will have a surprise insight for you.

Find her on Twitter at @foundmyfitness.



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This episode is about 20 minutes long and features Sam Harris, PhD in neuroscience and bestselling author ( 

It's intended to give you tools for the week or weekend ahead.

Please let me know what you think by pinging me on Twitter (@tferriss) using #TFS!

What do you like and what don't you like? Would you like more of these or something else?

Thank you,


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Ep. 10: Brian Koppelman, co-writer/producer of Rounders, Ocean's Thirteen, The Illusionist, etc.

Brian Koppelman is a screenwriter, novelist, director, and producer. He is best known as the co-writer of Ocean's Thirteen and Rounders, as well as a producer of The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones. He has directed films including Solitary Man (Michael Douglas).

In his episode, we discuss how he got started, how he handles rejection, his big breaks, his creative process, and much, much more.

Show notes and links at Just search "Koppelman"

Brian can be found on Twitter at @briankoppelman.


- Tim

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