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Jim Goad (born James Thaddeus Goad June 12, 1961) is a freelance writer and the former publisher of ANSWER Me! He was born near Philadelphia, PA, and has lived in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Portland, OR. He now re-locates frequently. He received a BA Journalism from Temple University in 1986. He is noted for his perfectionism, his temper, and his exaggerated, often humorous writing style.
Through the run of ANSWER Me!, he was married to Debbie Goad, who contributed to the magazine. The Goads divorced in December 1997, and Debbie died of ovarian cancer in 2000.
In 1997, Jim Goad began a mutually abusive affair with zinester Sky Ryan. Goad eventually filed a restraining order against Ryan, but they continued their relationship until 1998, when he was arrested for beating her. He served a prison term and was paroled in 2001.
Goad is the author of three books, the sociological treatise The Redneck Manifesto, the memoir Shit Magnet (which he wrote while incarcerated), and "Answer Me: The First Three" (originally published by AK Press, and later self re-published). He has contributed to many magazines (notably Vice). As of 2006, he is preparing The Gigantic Book of Sex, a collection of humor pieces.
As a child, Goad wanted to be an actor, but his parents did not allow him to pursue it. He has created several audio recordings, including the country album Big Red Goad: Truck Drivin' Psycho. His website features a sampling of his writing new and old, along with an invitation-only message board.