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The Best of Roosh: Volume One by Roosh V

Speaking 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.

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