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James Thaddeus "Jim" Goad (born June 12, 1961, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania) is an American author and publisher, noted for the controversy surrounding his (now defunct) magazine ANSWER Me!

Goad has been called "brutally honest without worrying about being correct"[1] by author Chuck Palahniuk and "an amazing writer" [2] by comedian Margaret Cho. Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt says his comedy was influenced by Jim Goad,[3] and that the protagonist of a comic book he wrote was based on Goad.[4]



Jim Goad published four issues of ANSWER Me! before running afoul of authorities with #4 (the "Rape Issue") which was discovered for sale at The Newstand International in Bellingham, Washington, by a young woman who passed it on to a battered women's shelter, members of which turned it over to authorities. The Newstand was acquitted of trafficking obscenity, primarily because the prosecutor couldn't prove the sellers knew ANSWER Me! was obscene.[5]

ANSWER Me! was also blamed for the suicides of three British youths in 1996. [6] and for Francisco Martin Duran's rifle assault on the White House in 1994.[7](Duran quoted a line from the magazine in a note he had left in his van before firing 29 rounds at the White House.)

In 1998, Goad was arrested for beating his then-girlfriend, who had left several death threats on his answering machine[8] and against whom he had filed a restraining order. He pled guilty and served a prison term. He was released in October 2000.

Goad has authored four books: The Redneck Manifesto, which Kirkus Reviews said was "redeemed in large part by its author's phenomenal sense of humor"[9]. The " New York Press described Shit Magnet as: "a relentlessly sad, ugly, hateful, raging, repellent, violent and brutally candid memoir-manifesto. It's as hard to put down as it is to read."

ANSWER Me!: The First Three (a compilation of the magazine's first three issues); and Jim Goad's Gigantic Book of Sex, an anthology of his post-prison writings for sex magazines. Of the latter book, Publishers Weekly commented that "Goad's savage wit is matched only by his enthusiasm ... his decidedly un-P.C. take on all things sexual brings a welcome bit of pointed, occasionally venomous satire to the sex manual genre" and Vice declared that "This entire book is gross and hilarious."

Shit Magnet has been translated into Russian, copyrights were bought by Moscow publishing house Kislorod. Russian edition was printed in the end of the year 2009.


Goad maintains a website which has an archive of his old articles and new items. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his second wife, Shannon, and their son, Zane. His former wife, the late Debbie Goad, died in 2000.


  • ANSWER Me!: The First Three. Edinburgh: AK Press, 1994; Baltimore: Scapegoat Publishing, 2006. ISBN 1-873176-03-1
  • The Redneck Manifesto. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. ISBN 0-684-83113-9
  • Shit Magnet: One Man's Miraculous Ability to Absorb the World's Guilt. Los Angeles: Feral House, 2002. ISBN 0-922915-77-6
  • Truck Drivin' Psycho (CD). Discriminate Audio, 2003 (reissue of 1996 album).
  • Trucker Fags in Denial (comic book with artist Jim Blanchard). Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2004.
  • Jim Goad's Gigantic Book of Sex Los Angeles: Feral House, 2007. ISBN 1-932595-20-1


  • S.W.A.T. Deep Inside a Cop's Mind (CD). Amphetamine Reptile Records, 1994.
  • "Let's Hear It for Violence Toward Women!", on The Boyd Rice Experience, Hatesville! (CD). World Serpent Distribution, 1995.
  • "Roadkill" (excerpt from Shit Magnet), in Apocalypse Culture II, ed. Adam Parfrey. Venice, California: Feral House, 2000.


  1. ^ Portland Tribune excerpt
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Patton Oswalt comment about Jim Goad
  4. ^ website
  5. ^ New York Times article on smut vs. satire case in court
  6. ^
  7. ^ Ibid.
  8. ^ Jim Goad's official website
  9. ^ website

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From Wikiquote

James Thaddeus "Jim" Goad (born 1961-06-12) is an American author and publisher noted for the controversy surrounding his (now defunct) magazine ANSWER Me!.


The Redneck Manifesto: How Hillbillies, Hicks and White Trash Became America's Scapegoats (Simon & Schuster, 1997)

  • Written history, like the missionary position, is an act executed from the top looking down.
  • Crank is to coffee what sexual homicide is to a goodnight kiss.
  • All the holy scriptures of all the world's major religions are nonsense.
  • Even though tax protest is portrayed as extremism, most Americans probably cheat on their tax reports.
  • Racial struggles are never purely racial.

Shit Magnet: One Man's Miraculous Ability to Absorb the World's Guilt (Feral House, 2002)

  • Life grows short. Have you done everything you wanted to do, or have you played it safe?
  • Shit can be used as fertilizer.
  • If you don't take risks, you're already dead.
  • The City of Angels. In all the years I've lived here, I haven't seen one fucking angel.
  • Roaches. If you see one of them, there's fifty thousand more where that came from.
  • Everybody says I'm a bad kid, so I guess I am.
  • Some would like to pretend that violence is unnatural. Idiots.
  • I never wanted an easy life.
  • Place something good in front of me, and I'll smash it to pieces.
  • Now I know why women have a hole between their legs. That's where they hide all their problems.
  • Every black guy who was in my cell said he respected nazis and no one else because they presume everyone is tribal and everyone is a racist. They know where they stand with the nazis. They're not going to stab them in the back. They will stab them while looking at them, which is preferable.


  • If I cared about what you thought, I'd be writing for National Geographic or something.
  • [People] give you so many reasons to insult them otherwise you never really have to get to that point. I tend not to hold accidents of birth against people. I am much more attuned to willful decisions people make than skin color or genitalia. How do they deal with you one on one? How ethical are they?
  • When asked by Luke Ford, "Would you ever insult someone simply on the basis of their race?"
  • Back in ’95, when the District Attorney of Billingham, Washington, took a pair of newsstand owners to trial for selling ANSWER Me! #4, it was truly surreal to see layouts from my magazine blasted onto a white wall with an overhead projector. "Basically, it tells you how to rape everyone", the DA told the jury. It’s always unsettling when a stranger seems certain of your intentions and motivations, when they couldn’t be further from the truth. This sense of anguish is heavily compounded when the stranger in question has the power to destroy your life.
  • People can be so heartless and dirty.
  • As a stunt. I was going to do a fifth issue of Answer Me about race, and I was going to convert to Judaism, in the way that Seinfeld did so he could tell jokes. Any monotheistic religion is years behind any religion the East came up with. Apparently monotheism is one of the building blocks of modern society. I think the Hindus, Buddhists and Dhaoists are all light years ahead of Western religion.
  • When asked if he should convert to Judaism.
  • I think my sense of humor is Jewish. I'm smarter than most white people, which is kind of a Jewish thing, too. And I think that, by and large, Arabs smell funny.
  • Many of the racial problems in America are caused by the fact that people are innately tribal, and politicians know how to exploit that biological fact. And since power is built on money, it is in politicians’ best interest to fan racial unrest—even when it’s done under the guise of anti-racist touchy-mushy let’s-all-hold-hands propaganda, because anti-racism still keeps everyone’s attention fixated on race—to divert attention away from financial inequities. They do this because they know that it works.
  • The vegan diet is obviously lacking whatever essential nutrient it is that makes people likeable. I’ve met and smelled members of Vegan Nation all across this land, from those who won’t eat lobster in Maine to those who won’t eat Mexicans in California. Few of these mutants seemed healthy, and down to the last platelet of meat-free blood, every one of them was a sanctimonious, judgmental, bourgeois whitebread Ass Face with more burbling hostility and barely concealed animal rage than any dozen drunken deer hunters.
  • Taken from his homepage

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