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Answer Me!: The First Three [Paperback]

Jim Goad
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Scapegoat Publishing (15 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976403536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976403531
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 20.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,763,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nealism 25 Feb 2014
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
It is a welcome release, a huge blast of a shotgun, tightly compressed, rammed hard, concentrated pinpricks filled with ball bearings, nails, gunpowder - just needing a spark to let it all out. The magazine provides the trigger as as well as the electric charge. Takes a peer into everything nihilistic and shunned away from the politer fringes of society to unwrap the goodies and hold them upside down with the legs dangling and hollering. It is hilarious.

Details the basic social autism of the world, through a deep draft of bilious cynicism and probably the nearest to Celine that stalks the modern world in its fury and intensity. But like Celine the fury verges on the full sense of mockery and desire to destroy the world without ever seeing some of its inherent beauty.

There is a balance.

Just as those schmucky pictures of "Love is" and numerous snaps or purring kittens and cuddly bunny wabbits on Facebook exist to exude a sense of cooing sensitivity, so the death on the installment plans anithesis is hailing serial killers and gurgling on the sewer pipe.

For many people trapped within dictatorial regimes beyond the safety of the european home, this is their norm. For many kids who grew up in the shadow of the industrial ravages, world wars and colonial genocides this is also their norm. So now "we" can no longer run away from the shadows and bathe in eternal light through a self induced amnesia of Cecil B De Mille fantasy the question which requires answering is;

What now?
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5.0 out of 5 stars I looove the Goads!!! 29 Oct 2007
By Elizabeth Simone Gallatin-Eberly - Published on
Ohhh yeah!! I love the Goads, and I love this book! Evil, vile, full of ranting vitriole, what more could a gal want to warm the cockles of her cold, hard lil' heart? Wow, this book rocks. I'd laid hands on several copies over the years, but had never found one of my own until just recently, and even tho' I knew its innards by heart, I still hadda' get a copy of my own to love...

Really, this ranting, raving supertract is a work of art. Bile, blood, anger, and well aimed barbs about society, the system, and basically, everybody that isn't a Goad, are all strongly backed up by charmingly psychotic artwork. One can tell that each missive was lovingly honed into a rusty, bent and dulled edge before being gently dipped into battery acid and poison tree frog juice, and then blow-darted onto its gingerly selected, filth-covered page. And the best part of all? They did this ALL FOR YOU! The Goads gift to mankind is hypnotically ugly, and vastly, horribly entertaining. Getchyer' own copy today!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Offend Easily Then This is Not The Book For You... 9 Nov 2006
By Grace - Published on
This book is not those who are offended easily. But if you have a dark sense of humor and are fascinated by all that is evil or corrupt, then this book may be right up your ally. My favorite part is the in depth A thru Z profiles on Serial Killers.

To know if this book is right for you you may want to look into some of Jim Goads writings and see what you think. I personally think hes a genius but I'm sure not all would not agree...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trashy, evil and hilarious 10/10 would read again 31 Oct 2012
By Lewis Woolston - Published on
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This was my first exposure to Jim Goad and i hope it won't be the last, this book is the collection of the first three answer me! magazines (the infamous rape issue is not included more's the pity) and if you enjoy dark, subversive and politically incorrect yet often hilarious litrature you will love these. The style reminds me of some old school punk/goth/metal fanzines i used to read as a teenager but the subject matter tends to be darker and more offensive. Everything from serial killers to driving non-stop around LA for 48 hours just for the hell of it.
Perhaps the best way to explain it is to say it's like a modern Hunter S Thompson or Charles Bukoski but with a lot more cynicism and sarcasm, not to mention what at times seems like sheer delight in pissing people off. Jim Goad is a writer for the outsiders, he has never been and i suspect, will never be part of society. He is permanantly on the fringes, taking notes and writing down his observations for our enjoyment. I hope he continues to do so for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Answer Me! The First Three 7 Sep 2009
By Old uncle Al - Published on
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An incisive book of hate liberally spiced with unarguable insight and viciously accurate, in-your-face detail. There are some gems in this work by two passionate and driven writers.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent early work of a developing genius of American letters, 26 Jan 2007
By Bachelier - Published on
These are important early works of an important American prose stylist with an authentic refreshing voice overlooked by mainstream publishing. Jim Goad burst onto the scene of American letters with this compilation of his earliest examples: a combination of H.L. Mencken, Eric Hoffer, and the obscure Joe Schenkman (whose work in the late 70's National Lampoon is similar).

Jim Goad has an allure for certain types of women who like dangerous rough trade combined with the low cunning of undiscovered genius. The hero is always the rebel that plays by his own rules, yet the edge of a rusty beer can that is attractively picturesque is also loaded with tetanus, as too often Goad's amorante discover. In Goad's self-narrative, this allure is also his curse and makes him a controversial figure. This is not an unknown dimension of personal history for some of the world's greatest writers.

This humour is dark and cynical, but only to those who don't find Thomas Harris's "Hannibal" laugh out load funny, or Chaucher's "The Milller's Tale," or haven't read Rabelais or de Sade. Otherwise, Goad's work is challenging and reads like someone still finding his voice and synthesizing his perspective and weltenshaung.
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