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Bad Trips - Slava Pastuk (40)

  • Publisher: ‎ Dundurn Press (May 3, 2022)
  • Paperback: ‎ 248 pages
  • ISBN: ‎ 9781459749252


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(All proceeds go to Brian Whitney, co-author)


The true story of a music editor at VICE who tried to become the coolest reporter the company had ever had ― by becoming an international drug smuggler.

In 2019, music reporter Slava P, an editor for VICE media, was sentenced to nine years in prison for recruiting friends into a scheme to smuggle cocaine from the U.S. into Australia. Five of them were already in jail. Immediately, Slava P was internationally infamous. Was he a victim of pressure to commit extreme acts for the sake of a good story? A product of a drug-obsessed work environment? Or a manipulator who pushed vulnerable young people into crime?

Here, Slava P tells his side of the story: what exactly happened and how the precarious, dog-eat-dog atmosphere of a media company can lead the young, the naive, and the ambitious into taking crazy risks.

Bad Trips is a story about drugs, hip-hop, influencers, and glamour, set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most influential news and entertainment sites, VICE. Its cast of beautiful young people and semi-famous rappers passes from the seediest apartments to the most elegant of private clubs. Slava P’s chronicling of his years at this famous hotbed of excess is a piercing insight into contemporary media culture.


Slava Pastuk was sent to prison in 2019 for a well-publicized drug smuggling conviction. Before that, he was a culture writer based in Toronto whose work has been featured on VICE, COMPLEX, CollegeHumor, and various other publications. Slava’s experience has given him a unique ― and, at times, staggering ― view of both the media and drug industries.



REVIEW:
Having watched the show, Vice, I was curious to hear Slava's side of the story. His arrest was publicized, so I had an interest to know the details.
He sure didn't spare any. To the point, the middle of the book is a little boring. We didn't need every little detail I guess. Okay though.
It was very interesting to learn of the connection to El Chapo. Though I wasn't surprised since it was a Columbian drug cartel that he dealt with. 
As far as stories about true crime in the way of drug smuggling, this one is intriguing. Using the people and resources you have to be greedy, let's face it, that's always what it is. Greed.
Do I think he is sitting in jail after writing this a changed man? No. Doubtful. When he does get out who knows what will happen....


3/5





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