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(Articles sorted by the date they were added to The eXiled archives, not their original publish dates.)

Bandit-Aid: The eXile's Christmas Classic Song "Send Them Crack (Do They Know It's Christmas Time)"

Reader John M. sent us one of The eXile’s fabled “lost basement tapes”: our 1998 post-crisis Christmas charity song, “Send Them Crack” by “Bandit-Aid”: a giant fuck-you from all of us in Russia to the IMF, World Bank and all…

Posted on: September 29th, 2010 | Comments (8)

Hell Is Other People On Amazon.Com

When Amazon started printing readers’ book reviews on the net, a window opened briefly on the mental worlds of ordinary people — or, as Harry Dean Stanton so memorably called them, “ordinary fuckin’ people.” Everyone should have a look at…

Posted on: September 6th, 2010 | Comments (33)

Jonathan Franzen: "Will Rim Bobos For Book-Of-The-Month Fame"

This review was first published in The eXile on March 21, 2002. Jonathan Franzen’s novel The Corrections, billed as a masterpiece, is a worthless fraud, a hopelessly trite story gaudied up with tedious overwriting. The overwriting is meant to conceal…

Posted on: August 27th, 2010 | Comments (47)

How To Annoy Obama's Russia "Expert": An Exile Classic Prank Featuring Our Old Nemesis Michael McFaul

This classic “prank” first published in the summer of 1999 ranks as one of the eXile’s least-successful pranks (which paradoxically made it x-tra annoying) on our longtime nemesis Michael McFaul–formerly a top Clinton USAID official in Moscow, Carnegie Endowment and…

Posted on: August 25th, 2010 | Comments (9)

Russia's Original Gangstas: Meet The Gopniki

This article first appeared in The eXile on June 1, 2007 For months now, our overseas readers have been asking us, “What’s a gopnik?” They have a vague idea of what a gopnik looks like, thanks to our Face Control page:…

Posted on: July 22nd, 2010 | Comments (28)

A Memorial Day War Nerd: Gettysburg Was The Finest Fight Ever In The World

When the fourth of July rolls around, you’re supposed to think of, I don’t know, the Constitution and backyard cookouts like in old Chevy ads—but for me, it’s really Gettysburg we’re celebrating. Greatest battle in American history. But the battle,…

Posted on: May 30th, 2010 | Comments (34)

eXile Classic: Hell On Wheels—Disabled For A Day In Moscow

Faced!  Wheelchair-bound eXiled Editor Yasha Levine finds out that in Russia, provincial clubbing ain’t for cripples Editor’s note: We reprint this eXile Classic, first published in The eXile on September 25, 2007, to commemorate Russia’s recent triumph in the Vancouver Winter…

Posted on: March 23rd, 2010 | Comments (9)