Vanity Fair profiles The eXile: "Gutsy...visceral...serious journalism...abusive, defamatory...poignant...paranoid...and right!"
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Vanity Fair

Read the sensational Vanity Fair profile on The eXile, and founding editors Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi:

The demise of The Exile began, as so many demises have in Russia, with an official letter. Faxed to the offices of the newspaper late on a Friday afternoon the spring before last from somewhere within the bowels of Rossvyazokhrankultura, the Russian Federal Service for Mass Media, Telecommunications, and Cultural Heritage Protection, it announced the imminent “conducting of an unscheduled action to check the observance of the legislation of the Russian Federation on mass media.” The Exile, a Moscow-based, English-language biweekly, stood accused of violating Article Four of that legislation by encouraging extremism, spreading pornography, or promoting drug use. The letter scheduled the unscheduled action to take place between May 13 and June 11. This being Russia, it wasn’t faxed until May 22…[Read more]

From “The eXile” to “The eXiled Online”: In the summer of 2008, Kremlin officials chased The eXile editors out of Russia and back to America, where we regrouped as “The eXiled Online” bringing together founding eXile editor Mark Ames, eXile editors Yasha Levine and John Dolan, eXile film critic Eileen Jones, and cult-hero defense analyst Gary “The War Nerd” Brecher.

We’ve put together a little eXile Cheat Sheet of a few of our most sensational scoops and our most controversial scandals, over past decade-plus:

The eXiled Online’s Most Sensational Stories Since Getting Thrown Out of Russia in 2008:

  • Exiled finance writer “Mr. Walker” blew open the Commercial Real Estate threat in the summer of 2009, months before the mainstream media caught on.

Also check out the archives of our first notorious incarnation “The eXile” in Moscow, Russia: 11 years of sheer reading Hell:

  • The notorious “horse sperm pie” story when editors Matt Taibbi, Mark Ames and “Krazy” Kevin McElwee threw a pie filled with horse sperm at the New York Times’ bureau chief, after he was named “Russia’s worst foreign correspondent”

About us:

Mark Ames is the founding editor of The eXile and co-editor of The eXiled. His articles have appeared in The Nation, Playboy, Daily Beast, Alternet, Radar, The New York Press, and elsewhere. He is the author of “Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion from Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond” which became the basis of the critically-acclaimed 90-minute BBC documentary film, “Going Postal”; and Ames is co-author with Matt Taibbi of the book “The eXile: Sex, Drugs and Libel in the New Russia.” Ames has made several guest appearances on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, along with radio appearances on Dylan Ratigan’s ABC radio program; radio spots on Chuck Mertz’s “This Is Hell” show, Scott Horton’s “ Radio” show, Michelangelo Signorile’s radio show, KFPK radio, Air America and elsewhere. He is currently at work on a new book for Wiley.

Yasha Levine is the former editor of The eXile and founding editor of The eXiled. Levine’s articles have appeared in Wired, Slate, Penthouse, Time magazine and elsewhere. Levine currently lives in a trailer home in Victorville, California, with his two guns, and is currently working on a book.

Gary Brecher writes the “War Nerd” column. Brecher has been published in The American Conservative and Alternet, and is the author of the book “The War Nerd.” Brecher has been cited on FoxNews, and was once accused by neocon historian Victor Davis Hanson—guru to Dick Cheney and “Scooter” Libby—of setting fire to Hanson’s vineyards. Brecher has been interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio and on Chuck Mertz’s “This Is Hell” radio show. He lives in Fresno, California.

Eileen Jones is the world’s greatest movie reviewer. She teaches film theory at UC Berkeley.

John Dolan, who taught The eXile editors how to write, is the author of Pleasant Hell, along with several books of poetry and a book about the ruthless Darwinian struggle for fame among 18th century England’s poets, “Poetic Occasion from Milton to Wordsworth.”

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  • 1. Natalia  |  June 1st, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Hi, I´m Spanish. We need a Spanish Exile. In my country I find inspiration every where.
    How can I do?

  • 2. Philomena Muinzer  |  August 3rd, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Please forward this Press Release to all writers on EXILE:

    Please erase this attempt at getting free advertising.

  • 3. Boris  |  September 13th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Going to meet Josh Foust next week at a networking reception thing. Give me a good zinger that I can use on him. I’m not as witty as you but think your written take down of him was 100% justified.

  • 4. genio  |  October 22nd, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Pussy Riot & pussycats …

    Sending a short video …

    The female power is needed in our male-dominating world …

    London – UK

  • 5. Steve Aldrin  |  November 11th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Please give my email address to Mark Ames and ask him to contact me. He is on to something – I have additional inside information about the scam at Johnson for President. Thank you.

  • 6. Binoy Kampmark  |  April 13th, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Dear Exiled Online,

    Eager to write for you at stages, and don’t even expect payment. Am a regular on CounterPunch, Dissident Voice and a host of other publications.


  • 7. Eric Zuesse  |  October 7th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I praise you here:

  • 8. erik dufresne  |  July 30th, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I am trying to contact mr. ames to obtain information as to how I can go about helping to promote peace between Russia, and the United States of America.

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