A Memoir That Shows You What Happens If You Live Abroad For Too Long
- How many sexual partners is too many?
- What happens when you've lived away from your birth country for too long?
- Why do moms give bad advice to their sons?
- Why do Americans talk so much?
- Should a one-night stand have romance?
- Can a man ever be more interesting than a woman's smartphone?
- Are you your father's son?
- How much money is enough?
- Which country is best for men?
- Can a city decrease a man's sex drive?
- Why is it that using a smiley face is needy in one country but not in another?
These are the questions that come up in Why Can't I Use A Smiley Face?, a 52-page memoir about my brief return to America after living in Europe for nearly two years. Stories range from trying to date girls in Washington DC to getting caught up in a web of lies.
Living abroad can bring great experiences, relationships, and happiness, but it may cost you friends, family, and even your own identity.
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An entertaining, but somber look at life back in America.
After reading Roosh's memoir about his month back in America, I am filled with mixed emotions. Happiness that Roosh can escape the pain of dealing with American women by going back to Europe. Yet also a profound sadness of what American gender relations has degraded to, and what so many men (including myself) that have never been overseas must go through.
The sausagefests, fatties, bitch shields and entitlement mentality of the typical American girl. He observes (like myself) that it's actually harder to approach/open uglier girls in America, because they get hit on all the time, and try to act like a hot girl.
The anecdotes that Roosh mixes in makes for an entertaining, and humanizing read. He recaps the forum meeting in DC. He tells of the time he and his dad win big gambling in Atlantic City. His paranoia of which strangers know who he really is. His relationships with his Mom and sister really touch home. You can tell that Roosh loves them, but their disapproval of his lifestyle leads to many arguments. It's something that many red-pill men will be able to relate to--you'll never be able to logically convince female family members of what you do, yet it's too hard to cut them off completely because of past emotional bonds.
I would highly recommend this book for all readers. It's rare to get a detailed, entertaining, compare-and-contrast look at American nightlife and dating from someone who has spent years living around the world. Just be prepared afterwards to want to leave America more than ever.
Added bonus: Roosh explains how to get around the 90-day Schengen visa rules for Americans.
I picked it up before bed, thinking I'd read just a small bit of it before crashing out. I was about halfway through and set it down to get some sleep, but then it kept nagging at me so I picked it up again and finished the rest. I say "nagging at me" because it wasn't like it was the most captivating book in the world, but I felt like it touched me on a real emotional level in a lot of ways (no homo), so I had to put those thoughts at ease by finishing.
Maybe it's because I've struggled with a lot of the same emotions and challenges Roosh talks about over my last year of being home in the states. In fact, I think a lot of the issues touched on are things that have been in my mind over the past couple weeks.
I also found my spirits lifted in some of the brighter moments, even smiling a little; Roosh has a great ability for getting readers involved in his story. I especially appreciated how his camaraderie with the other forum members seemed to balance him. Makes me want to meet more like-minded guys.
On another note, I've noticed that in a lot of Roosh's more recent writings, he seems to float back and forth between wanting to settle in a little bit, maybe even questioning his beliefs about women, and just embracing the momentum he's already built in his life. I think this is something a lot of us struggle with. He doesn't overdo it or give the red pill back; he just acknowledges its presence.
To be perfectly honest, I felt like some of the play-by-play in the nightclub chapters was a little too drawn out and that some of the "angry" banter Roosh had with women seemed pretty trivial in nature. Then again, I think a lot of the guys who read the PUA stuff enjoy this play-by-play type writing, so I'd say it fits that side of the audience. And while the personality revealed in some of these interactions may have rubbed me a bit wrong, one of my favorite aspects of any Roosh writing is the way he lays it all out there to be seen, warts and all.
He doesn't sugarcoat something just because it might put himself in an awkward or less than favorable light. I always respect this type of honesty in a writer, and revealing the true subtleties of human nature makes for a more interesting, believable read and commentary on the lifestyle we've chosen.
In conclusion, I liked this homecoming story and will probably give it another go. Coming home to suddenly feel like an outsider can sometimes wear on you and leave you wondering if perhaps it's you that has become flawed. Just knowing others experience the exact same thing is reassuring and offers a reminder that we aren't all born into a place that's right for us.
For some of us, there's just no going back once we've embraced the international lifestyle (much like taking a red pill of any other hue). It's a scary, somewhat alienating feeling, but you just have to keep searching for whatever it is you're looking for. Even if it never reveals itself, sitting home probably wouldn't have made you any happier, and at least you reach the end-game knowing you gave it a shot, which is far more than most people can say.
I hope you find what you're looking for, Roosh. Thanks for another good read.
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