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The Best of Roosh: Volume One by Roosh V

best-of-rooshSpeaking from experience, a book comprised of already-published blog posts isn’t the easiest sell. Amateur writers think they can just copypaste two years worth of rants against fat girls and half-baked pickup advice into a book and it’ll sell like pot at Burning Man. While it’s true that a compilation book requires less effort to put together than an original work, the trade-off is that it won’t sell as much as an original work, mainly because people are less willing to buy something they can get on the Internet for free.

That shouldn’t—and doesn’t—stop guys like Roosh from publishing best-of compilations.

The Best of Roosh is worth buying for polish, permanency and convenience reasons. Polish and convenience are easy enough to explain; these are versions of Roosh’s posts that have been cleaned up, free of typos and worthy of being sold. The book is organized by topic, starting out with more practical articles on game and dating, transitioning to social commentary and philosophy at the end:

I’ll tell you what love is: when a girl begs you to keep going even though you know she already came, even though she’s drying up, and even though you know it’s causing her pain. If she tells you to stop the millisecond after she gets her nut, without you getting yours, I want you to tell her that the point of having sex with women is so a man doesn’t have to use his hand, and that she has performed below the hand. That’s why we do all this shit to fuck women—to get our nut. If she can’t do that for us, then she’s useless as a woman.

As for the convenience factor, Roosh has been blogging for nearly a decade, writing 1,742 posts (there’s an exact count at the beginning of the book) in that time. How do you know which ones are the best without laboriously searching his blog? When I first started reading Roosh, five some-odd years ago, one day I decided to clear out a block of time where I just went back to the beginning and read his posts in chronological order, one after the other. Thing is, I was also a college sophomore and not doing much of anything, aside from going to classes, partying and playing video games.

Not everyone has the luxury of being a 19-year old English major living in the middle of nowhere.

If you’re a big enough loser that you have an infinite amount of free time to surf the Internet, then yeah, The Best of Roosh probably isn’t for you. Compilations like Roosh’s and my own Trolling for a Living aren’t for losers, they’re for winners. They’re for people with places to go and shit to do, people who don’t want to spend their entire lives glued to a computer screen.

Finally, permanency is a concept that I learned from Aaron Clarey; putting something in a book, no matter what it is, insulates it from vanishing into the ether. If something is only found on the Internet, it can easily be blinked out of existence by the Powers That Be. Given Roosh’s run-ins with white knights and feminists trying to libel him as a “rapist” or get him arrested for “hate speech,” his blog could easily vanish tomorrow. Hell, the server farm where his blog is stored might have an unexpected power surge, wiping out his life’s work in a flash. The Best of Roosh gives you a record of Roosh’s finest writing in the event of the unthinkable:

On the weekends the bus ends at 2:30am but I don’t get to the sub-way station until 3:30. It’s an expensive $11 cab ride home. So I hook up my bike on the front of the bus when I head out, lock it up at the metro station, go out and do my thing, then hop on the bike on the way back for the three mile ride home. Even though I stay on the sidewalk it’s stupid dangerous and I get yelled at by drunk Mexicans from their cars who mock me and my late-night mode of transportation. I raise my fist and yell back, “Fuck you I used to be a scientist!!” By the time I get home at 4am I’m drenched in sweat and have to stand in front of a fan for 10 minutes before I can go to sleep.

The biggest flaw with The Best of Roosh is the same flaw that all essay compilations (including my own) have: the lack of continuity. Since each article is its own self-contained work, there’s not as much to propel you forward as there would be in a more cohesive book. It’s the literary equivalent of eating little snack sized candy bars, as opposed to the big, juicy steak that comprises more original books.

Otherwise, if you’re looking to an introduction to the writing of one of the world’s most important underground writers (and that is not hyperbole), you should definitely pick up The Best of Roosh.

Click here to buy The Best of Roosh: Volume One.

Read Next: Roosh’s Argentina Compendium: Pickup Tips, City Guides, and Stories by Roosh V

  • AAS

    Just bought it.

    Quick question though: is a direct approach better than online dating in this day and age, or should guys be signing up to match.com etc?

    What are the pros and cons of direct approach vs online dating? Which would you recommend?

  • Christopher Woerner

    I may not be the best judge of these things, but although such books are a collection of self-contained essays – I’ve published two myself and am very slowly editing the next two – I think it helps to make the results gel better if you treat them as an album, where each individual bit is cool and you want to know what the next individual bit is like. If you read the book and like it, you can go back to find favorite individual bits, like picking out your favorite songs on an album.

    In my case, I carry the ‘album’ metaphor even further to create a ‘b-side,’ a la vinyl records. The A-side of my first book is an original novel, while the B-side are the individual essays, Facebook one-liners, an internet argument, selected e-mails and journal extracts, all created during the same period that I wrote the first draft. Essentially it’s an edited version of *EVERYTHING* I wrote over seven weeks.

    The A-side of my second book covers my pop culture essays (movies, tv, books, comics) interposed with humorous one-liners, creating just that form of continuity that theoretically isn’t possible in such a collection. My 2008 review of Guns’n’Roses “Chinese Democracy” appears on page 28, and eight pages later a one-liner from 2011 points out that it’s been almost 900 days since ChiDem was released without any follow-up, which is over half of the Beatles’ entire recording career. At the end of the book, a one-liner mentions that in the same time since ChiDem was released, Elvis had gone through his entire early career and had been in the Army for a while. An early one-liner from 2011 (from whence most of the interposed material comes) makes a few comments about Sammy Hagar, culminating in a long essay at the end of Side A about the history of Van Halen, and even a review of Van Halen 3. The interposed one-liners eventually accommodate Occupy Wall Street [“Occupy Disneyland! Free Steamboat Willie. But not in front of kids!” “Occupy Albert Hall! How many holes can you get in there?” “Occupy Krypton! Don’t believe Jor-El’s fear-mongering!” “Occupy Tonight! Who needs Tomorrow? We’ll make it last!”] I hope this will provide a literary ‘lead-in’ to the A-side of my third book, which will consist of essays on History and the War on Terror.

    The B-side of my second book is a series of short short stories about a fictional rock band, functioning as a unified concept in itself. The B-side of my third book will be the best of my longer fiction. The fourth book won’t have a B-side at all, but will revolve around a particular chronology which should provide continuity in its own right.

    Like I say, I’m not the best judge. I’ve sold barely a dozen books at all, but even if I’m not the one to do it, I think continuity is possible even between collections of short essays. Particularly in this age where numerous people are taking advantage of print-on-demand.

    In my view, the permanence argument is the most important point. I don’t expect to ever make a profit on my books, but I want them to exist, in the form I choose for them, and that alone is sufficient. Here are my thoughts on the Rolling Stones and all my Star Wars jokes, in between two covers.