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Attention eXilistas & eXholes: The eXiled is looking for two lucky interns this summer...

The eXile is looking to hire two extremely lucky interns this summer. Looking for the sorts of go-getters ‘n’ whippersnappers with web and design skills; research and editing skills; or, heck, absolutely no skills whatsoever. That sound like you?

May 26, 2011 | Comments (18)

WikiLeaks Releases "Raunchy" State Dept Cable About Mark Ames, "The eXile" and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev!

An American correspondent stationed in Moscow just forwarded me a WikiLeaked diplomatic cable about me, The eXile, and the Kremlin media-stomping in mid-2008 that killed my newspaper and sent me fleeing home. The June 16, 2008 US Embassy cable–marked “CONFIDENTIAL”–correctly put the crackdown on The eXile in the context of a wider (and scarier) crackdown on other Russian media outlets that coincided with the handover of power from Vladimir Putin to the newly-“elected” President Dmitry Medvedev.

May 25, 2011 | Comments (34)

Final Days Of The eXile: Mark Ames Blogs The Kremlin Crackdown

  Before heading back to Moscow in June 2008 to face the Kremlin “audit” of The eXile, which I knew meant the death of the newspaper at the very least, I worked out a deal with my editors at Radar…

May 25, 2011 | Comments (10)

David Foster Wallace: Portrait Of An Infinitely Limited Mind

You have to give David Foster Wallace some credit – he was better at making his fans bash themselves than any other writer of the Pynchon school. His magnum opus, Infinite Jest, is a 1000-page novel full of intestinally-shaped sentences and fine-print notes on calculus, organic chemistry and VCR programming. Normally, when a book like that comes out, people realise its purpose right away: terrorising B.A. students into meek submission.

May 23, 2011 | Comments (203)

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The Pirates Franchise Dies of Boredom

So if you’re interested in what a director does, or doesn’t do, go see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It’s a great film education watching Rob Marshall, the director replacing Gore Verbinski, wreck the Pirates franchise in one…

May 21, 2011 | Comments (31)

California Class War History: Meet The Oligarch Family That's Been Scamming Taxpayers For 150 Years, And Counting!

I was going through some of my Victorville notes and came across an amazing, untold story that I never had the chance to write up. This story is about California’s Miller family, an aristocratic clan that’s been extracting rent from California taxpayers for the past 150 years, ever since their patriarch started looting land back in the 19th century.

May 19, 2011 | Comments (15)

Mexico Drug War Dispatch: Human Rights Aren't Always Right

I just learned that a friend of mine got his human rights violated by the Mexican army, when he was grabbed off the street by a couple of soldiers, thrown into some dirty room, tied to a chair, stripped of his clothes and interrogated with the help of a friendly blowtorch.

May 18, 2011 | Comments (20)