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Pechorin
06-08-2008, 16:49
well, without advertising and without anyone really willing to pay money to read it (proof that markets are very good at valuing services and goods), the exile looks like it's reduced to pretty much a garage-style weblog.

But what's the story with Ames? Has he actually left Russia. Or was his pathetic whining about fearing for his safety just some ridiculous hoax?

privet2009
27-09-2008, 04:34
He has left (allegedly as how can you prove it). And the "Paper" is up on exiledonline.com.

Ames was always paranoid about his safety (and not without good reason I heard on many occasions).

It really is an end of an era marked by the downfall (and increasing irrelevance) of the eXile.

The days of Johnny "The Chenster" Chen, Vijay and the Shah, Dan Higgins and Denis Salnikov are over.

If you remember them... you are as probably as debauched as I am.

BeachBum
29-09-2008, 09:26
He has left (allegedly as how can you prove it). And the "Paper" is up on exiledonline.com.

Ames was always paranoid about his safety (and not without good reason I heard on many occasions).

It really is an end of an era marked by the downfall (and increasing irrelevance) of the eXile.

The days of Johnny "The Chenster" Chen, Vijay and the Shah, Dan Higgins and Denis Salnikov are over.

If you remember them... you are as probably as debauched as I am.
Hint for you, Denis Salnikov was a literary conjecture, a ghost, a figment of Ames' imagination. He is not a real person.

Gypsy
29-09-2008, 09:29
I suspect "the trinity" of Ames, pechorin and Beach Bum are still in Moscow.

Frederick
29-09-2008, 14:24
this is interesting... i've heard about the exile and it seemed like a controversial publication - so when it "went down" recently i wasn't that surprised; perhaps i was more interested in how it had managed to stay alive for such a long time before the government inspectors came in and scared the funders away...

what's the back story?

and when you say this is the "end of an era" how do you mean it?

Frederick
29-09-2008, 14:47
according to wikipedia, the exile and mark ames are now based in panama:
Mark Ames - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The eXile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:The_eXile_logo.png" class="image"><img alt="The eXile logo.png" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/39/The_eXile_logo.png/175px-The_eXile_logo.png"@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/3/39/The_eXile_logo.png/175px-The_eXile_logo.png

somehow i doubt it!
i wonder who could have made those edits on the wiki pages...

privet2009
29-09-2008, 16:25
Hint for you, Denis Salnikov was a literary conjecture, a ghost, a figment of Ames' imagination. He is not a real person.

Ahha yes I did know this, although apparently Johnny "The Chenster" Chen ('98-'99) was a real guy - sure had me convinced!

privet2009
29-09-2008, 16:34
and when you say this is the "end of an era" how do you mean it?

The end of the expat debauchery scene aka "The White God Factor" (another ames term, although being white really had little to do with it, being foreign did)

You had to be here to experience it, but its progress mirrored the rise and fall of the Expat Club/Bar Scene...

When I say the 1999 Boar House typical Friday evening looked like the Cantina Scene from Star Wars... I am if anything under-describing it.