The Exile: Sex, Drugs, And Libel In The New Russia

While I don’t thing it’s hard for a book to change your life, enhancing it in some way, I do think it’s rare for one to completely alter your future and put you on a different path than you had intended. This latter type of book ultimately causes you to take a risk that increases the likelihood of an earlier death. Books that have done it for me include Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynmann, Walden, and A Death In Brazil. They instilled enough curiosity and provided enough motivation to quit my job and hit the road for South America. My book A Dead Bat In Paraguay has also done this for a handful of guys, too, sending them to third world swamps of disease that are less safe than their pleasant suburban cubicle. Malaria, anyone? It’s possible that some men may have their life expectancies shortened thanks to me. Cool.

It looks like I may have to add a new book to my list: The Exile: Sex, Drugs, And Libel In The New Russia.

I have a close Russian friend who would tell me stories about the motherland, but besides mentioning the occasional vacation to Moscow, he hasn’t ever given much detail about what goes on inside the country. I was always curious yet never motivated to visit. Then I read The Exile.

The book is centered around Mark Ames, a self-described loser from California who goes to Moscow to get away from America. He’s soon joined by Matt Taibbi, who you may know from his recent articles in The Rolling Stone. For nearly a decade they go on to publish the most controversial newspaper that post-Communist Russia has ever seen.

The story begins with Mark Ames and his 9-month ordeal with butt scabies in the “European Care House,” where he mooched off his foreign girlfriend and her mom. Afterwards, he leveraged his stepfather’s death from a brain tumor to land a shitty job in Moscow, eventually winding up as a personal assistant for a smelly Pakistani mogul. After a gig with an English rag called Living Here, he started up his own paper called The Exile with the help of a shady Russian investor.

Drug use is featured very prominently in the book (the launch of The Exile involved bountiful supplies of methamphetamine to meet deadlines). The authors prefer heroin, speed, and cocaine to alcohol or marijuana, and even go so far as to detail sociological reasons why speed was more likely to take off in Estonia than Russia, for example. In fact, most of the newspaper was written under some type of substance (the graphic designer drank one beer for all 24 pages of the publication, passing out at his desk upon completion). I’m not big into drugs, but some passages made me want to score some smack and inject it directly into my veins for the hell of it.

The expatriate mentality is a tough thing to explain easily. Any affluent or even middle-class American who renounces the good life of sushi delivery and 50-channel cable television to relocate permanently to some third-world hole usually has to be motivated by a highly destructive personality defect. Either that, or something about home creates psychological demons that in turn create the urge for radical escape.

While Ames was working as a slave for the Pakistani, Taibbi played professional basketball in Mongolia. He returned to the States for surgery and then jetted off to Moscow to work as a writer. Ames steals him from Living Here and the synergy that results takes us on a wild ride through Moscow’s corrupt government, the two-faced expat community, and the techno club scene full of teenage girls who were eager to copulate with Americans. Of course I couldn’t get enough talk about Russian girls, with my favorite part of the book being when they describe ladies night at the Duck Bar. It was dubbed “rape camp” by the expats, a place where “you got laid even if you didn’t want to.” Rivers of puke, massive brawls, police raids, and sex on tables were the norm. “The Duck changed people,” they said.

Included are dozens of full-length Exile articles to give perspective on the stories, which are just as fun to read as the main text. This is one of those books you didn’t want to end, so I made sure to read all the articles to prolong the pleasure.

Of course Russia is better off now, but I decided that I must (eventually) visit a country where “even the policewomen are hot.” Fuck places like Prague, a safe destination with cheesy, Western-owned businesses that’ll remind me of Buenos Aires (Ames describes how Czech women are far inferior to Russian women, anyway). To top it all off, Ames hates American women. In the chapter titled “The White God Factor,” he shreds them so bad I don’t advise any American girl to read the book unless they want to be put on suicide watch. Quotes like this only put a smile on my face:

All American women, and practically all the European women, are socially and sexually devasted by Russia. They’re at a massive disadvantage for the first time in their lives. They didn’t expect it at all. None of us did. We all came here expecting to skim the top, showing the poor savages how to work, eat, dress… But things started to happen to us. We—the expat men and women—veered off in wildly different directions, on to nonintersection planes.

Expat women like my old girlfriend get hit with a double-whammy of shit luck in Moscow: First, they’re physically outclassed by the Russian girls; and secondly, the Russian men are slouched, pasty, unkempt, and, in most Western women’s eyes, the ugliest men in Europe. And yet… even the Russian men don’t want expat women. Which leaves—exactly no one wanting expat women. That’s right: no one.

Just a couple weeks ago I was at a coffee shop when a tall Russian woman walked in. She was just barely cute, and could stand to lose a couple pounds, but she had on a sexy red dress and four inch high heels. Her makeup and hair were immaculately done, and it was only two in the afternoon. Even though there were hotter American girls in the coffee shop along with her, she made them invisible and almost worthless. She was the only girl that entire day that I’d work for in order to lay, and it was no surprise that the American man who came out to meet her (internet date, I suppose) couldn’t contain his excitement. He wore a cheesy grin as if to say, “I don’t believe my luck!” Hell, I felt lucky just to witness her, like a zoologist catching two endangered animals mating in the wild without having to use binoculars.

American women have been raised to believe that traditional qualities of femininity—appearing as though you are trying to please the man by caking on makeup, wearing tight short skirts that show off your legs, speaking in a high voice, giggling, and deferring to his desires—as well as characteristics usually used to describe sluts—high heels, heavy perfume, sleeping with a man on the first night without demanding he use a condom—are not only atavistic and repugnant but, ultimately, unsuccessful tactics in the competition for Mr. Right.

Ames and Taibbi paint a portrait of Russia being the last known wild west, where death or dismemberment is a real concern. I know things have changed since the book was published in 2000, but as long as I avoid uber-rich Moscow, I think I can capture some of what they experienced over a decade ago. The fact that they make a place like Brazil seem like Disneyland on family fun day means I have no choice but to visit, sooner than later. I highly recommend The Exile, one of those rare books that makes me want to be a part of the story. After you read the book, check out theVanity Fair exposé that acts as the epilogue.

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Solo
9 years ago

fIRST!!! WOO HOO

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jackgoesforth
9 years ago

After reading the Vanity Fair profile on the eXile I immediately got this book, and you’re right, it made a huge impact.

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Fauk
Fauk
9 years ago

So are you going to be learning Russian then?

Solo
9 years ago

I agree with Jesse especially C and D. Chicks from Finland and the Ukraine are hotter!

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Bernie
Bernie
9 years ago

Wow – that video is eye-opening. Makes Russia seem no better than your average third world country.

No wonder most of the best boxers are now from Russia. If they lose, the scenes in the video are what they have to go back to.

BY the way, what’s up with that guy just lying in the middle of the road with people barely noticing him? Drunk? Murder victim?

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Mark Ames is a fucking idiot hardcore Socialist. He thinks everyone should have as shitty a life as himself because he hasn’t been able to amount to anything beyond a being Paki’s foot-lackey.

IF he could put as much effort into his own success as he does into convincing people they need to pay 95% tax rates, he might have a life.

Im no libertarian, but he tells his readers to SPIT on anybody who says anything to advocate self-determination. Let me be, Ames. I’m not fuckig sharing my money with you, because I earned it.

In a subtle way he promotes class-war among those who want Marxism and those who don’t. Every time I read one of his articles, I thank the stars that his fucking idiotic collectivist folllowers are generally not the type who are armed to the teeth. Most of the heavily-armed people are the ones who don’t want a centralized government dictating every aspect of their lives. So when the shit hits the fan, Ames and his followers can FUCKING TRY to out-gun us.

Good luck with that Ames…

The G Manifesto
9 years ago

Roosh,

That’s crazy, I just bought The Exile on Saturday (along with 10 others.)

Jesse Charger,

What you have heard is American propaganda.

The only one I would agree with is:

e) it’s cold as hell

Bernie,

“No wonder most of the best boxers are now from Russia.”

I would argue that the Philippines, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Argentina and the USA are still putting out better boxers:

Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather Jr
Sergio Gabriel Martínez
Juan Manuel Márquez
Nonito Donaire
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
Fernando Montiel
Timothy Bradley
Juan Manuel López
Miguel Cotto
Andre Berto

– MPM

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Jack Frost
9 years ago

“Any affluent or even middle-class American who renounces the good life of sushi delivery and 50-channel cable television to relocate permanently to some third-world hole usually has to be motivated by a highly destructive personality defect. Either that, or something about home creates psychological demons that in turn create the urge for radical escape”

This was the passage that really resonated with me. Roosh, do you think that captures your personality? Also, any concerns on your skin color giving you problems if you go over there?

The book sounds pretty fucking awesome and Im bumping it up to next read status. Thanks for the blog and reccomendation.

Jack Frost’s last blog post: Crabs In a Bucket.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

“Also, any concerns on your skin color giving you problems if you go over there?”

Well, Roosh said he wanted a place that was somewhat dangerous, so I guess he will get his wish.

Realistically, I don’t think he will face too many problems as long as he has the least bit of street smarts. He traveled throughout South America, so I imagine he isn’t a complete fool when it comes to staying safe.

However, if anyone starts saying stuff to you late at night, especially if it is young guys with shaved heads or short hair cuts, just run, Roosh.

Timothy
Timothy
9 years ago

http://www.slate.com/id/2276071/

I just came across this article a couple of days ago about how infidelity is now viewed in Russia.

I’m going to recommend this book to an aquaintance of mine who’s thinking about pursuing a job opportunity in Russia, and maybe even finding a wife over there.

anon
anon
9 years ago

the guys, mark ames, 44 yrs old, is banging a 27 yr old hottie named anatasia

GERTRUDE
GERTRUDE
9 years ago

MARK AMES AND MATT TAIBBI.

Why are liberals always like this? Same with jack kerouac and neal cassady.

With all due respect, i will like to read a story like this from a conservative. I like it better.

Just saying

GOOD POINT
GOOD POINT
9 years ago

YOU ONLY SEE LIBERAL MEN DO THESE KIND OF THINGS. From neal cassady to matt taibi to rooshv to Gmanifesto.
Conservatives are wusses

hydrogonian
hydrogonian
9 years ago

http://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-1667.html?highlight=exile

yeah baby

whenever I need an escape, I reread “sex drugs and libel”. One of the best books I’ve ever read, as Roosh can now attest to.

Also, its worthy to note where Ames and Taibbi now are after they essentially got booted from Russia by Putins government:

Ames now heads the pack at http://exiledonline.com/, and frequently appears on MSNBC, I beleive. He wrote for Playboy for a while.

Taibbi, as Roosh mentioned, began working for Rolling Stone. Subsequently, he came out with a now infamous expose skewering Goldman Sachs.

Taibbi’s new book “Griftopia” is supposed to be incredible, as the best book out now which surgically breaks down what the real nature of the USA economy is in the aftermath of the dot com boom and bust, the oil fiasco of the Bush years, and the current crisis and bailouts.

But to earn your respect of these guys first, go read Exile: Sex, Drugs and Libel in the New Russia.

Timothy
Timothy
9 years ago

It’s hilarious how folks want to make this political. How people vote has nothing to do with their desire for drugs, pussy and other forms of debauchery. It’s just that conservatives love to publicly preach against it, while attempting to keep their skeletons buried. This is shit that MEN do, period.

fourblindmonkeys
9 years ago

I’d take a Russian girl over an American girl any day of the week. What really surprised was that Russian chicks had more honor, if they said they were going to do something they would follow up. Hell I didn’t take one girl seriously when she said after she gets home from work after 12AM that she would give me a call back. An American girl won’t call you at all, and let’s even mention the flakiness. I laugh every time a girl sends me a text that she is flaking. Then several hours later they send a bunch of texts trying to explain their reasoning because I didn’t respond at all. Honey you can explain all that to some chump that’s actually going to take you seriously. HAHAHA

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Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

“It’s hilarious how folks want to make this political. How people vote has nothing to do with their desire for drugs, pussy and other forms of debauchery. It’s just that conservatives love to publicly preach against it, while attempting to keep their skeletons buried. This is shit that MEN do, period.”

Wrong. It is political. A lot of religious conservatives are against sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.

You have to be somewhat of a liberal to enjoy that stuff.

Still, being a family man has its benefits: you leave behind lots of kids who will pass on your genes and wisdom.

Paul
Paul
9 years ago

Timothy, i get your point, kinda.

but these crazy, balls-to-the-wall stories are generally adventures by liberals. Right now, i am trying to think of conservatives with these kinds of experiences. None. Drawing a blank. Roissy doesnt engage in the kind of risky travels that ROOSHV does. That is just a fact.

Angelica
Angelica
9 years ago

Dont tell me MYSTERY is conservative. Not a chance. Style isnt either.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

“Roissy doesnt engage in the kind of risky travels that ROOSHV does. That is just a fact.”

I don’t even think Roissy goes out much anymore. He used to write about hitting the town with Roosh and VK, but he hasn’t written about that in a long time.

Roissy is chump.

If he is going to go the whole “conservative white nationalist” route, then at least he should get married and start a family.

At least then it would give some credence to his right-wing rants.

raliv
9 years ago

10 percent more women than men in Russia? :banana:

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fourblindmonkeys
9 years ago

What’s this liberal and conservative crap. What the hell does it have to do with what you do with your life. Get a fucking life. This reminds me of people who post on Twitter whenever they take a dump.

I don’t need to hear which side you voted for every time you make a big decision in your life.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

“He used to write about hitting the town with Roosh and VK, but he hasn’t written about that in a long time. ”

Roissy lives in New York now…if you read between the lines of his posts you’d realize that

But word on the white supremacy thing, his writing is sitll pretty interesting, but sometimes i wonder if he’s losing it

james
james
9 years ago

i traveled through ukraine last year, visiting seven cities and walking all over the place in every city- including the bad neighborhoods. i only saw a couple of places that looked like that video, and ukraine is a much poorer country than russia.

hydrogonian
hydrogonian
9 years ago

For all of you that don’t get it, and it amazes me that you don’t , that video is pure satire. Fictional. Made up. Staged. Designed for entertainment purposes, with an element of truth(ie:satire).

The filmmakers put as many Russian stereotypes as they could into 15 seconds.