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Shit Magnet: One Man's Miraculous Ability to Absorb the World's Guilt Paperback – May 1, 2002
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The book is very, very hard to read and almost impossible to enjoy. There are sections, like the chapter about the British youths who committed suicide, that rank as the best stuff Jim Goad has ever written.
Amid all the sadness, there are some eye-opening observations about social hypocrisy, especially the way that disputes between males and females are viewed.
I'm waiting for his Gigantic Sex book. It looks like he's learned to have fun since this last book.
All through the convoluted and often ugly story which this book tells-and quite competently-Goad realizes he's doing the wrong thing, for the wrong reasons, at the wrong time, and in the wrong place. Yet Goad-who is obviously intelligent, driven, physically fit, and obsessively introspective-seems doomed by his own compulsion to follow a path he realizes is going to cause him serious trouble. And, it does.
Goad winds up in the Oregon correctional system, one of the few in the country where whites are not a minority, and serves his time without any life-threatening incidents: boredom, frustration, and petty annoyances are the order of the day, not shankings and rape. But Goad clearly does not belong in prison, and it's clear-not just to Goad, but to any rational observer-that Goad is far more victim than perpetrator here.Read more ›
Of course, most people have never heard of Jim Goad. This is too bad. The man CAN write, and he IS in the 99th percentile of intelligence, and though he dislikes humanity, he never claims to be anything but human, all too human. We should be able to spot the man his diplodocus-sized ego because of all the shit he's gone through--some, to be sure, self-inflicted--in his life.
This book is melancholy. A downer. A bummer. It is quality stuff, but it is not Goad's perhaps-still-unwritten magnum opus. It isn't funny (like The Redneck Manifesto). It is angry, at times OUTRAGED. It was written while Goad was incarcerated...and you can TELL.
Whereas The Redneck Manifesto was, indeed, a manifesto, Shit Magnet is Goad's Ecce Homo for hipsters. His Me-Against-The-World auto-encomium. His weltanschauung in a prison-blue nutshell.
The cover shot of the book is awful and deceptive: there is some real value inside, some trenchant insights, some DEEP THOUGHT. There is also a great deal of casuistry, grandiosity, and (self-aware) bone-headedness.
Why DID a guy as smart as Goad associate himself with a psycho hose-beast named Anne Ryan? As soon as he'd ascertained she was crackers, he should have zipped up and strode out. But he kept going back. For God sakes, WHY? 'Cause she was young and hot and his nuts overrode his brain? 'Cause he was lonely?
Only Goad knows for sure...though he does hint at the latter.Read more ›
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meh. mildly entertaining, but i could tell i would not like this guy ; pPublished 10 months ago by rachbick
Jim Goad.... I am not even sure what else to say...if you are willing to read this you are also probably going to love it...or hate it...whichever.Published 17 months ago by victoriao1205
Jim Goad is a man I admire... and desperately don't want to become.
He's funny. He's poignant. His social criticism is cutting, accurate and iconoclastic. Read more
When I first read this book about 7 years ago my favorite-author allegiance changed from Tom Robbins to Jim Goad. You should buy this and all of his stuff. Pronto.Published on July 29, 2010 by Agni T. Kudra
Great first book, The RM was great, but this is just the half-hearted ranting of an overrated crybaby. Read morePublished on May 19, 2004 by pill freeman
In SH*T MAGNET, Goad uses personal anedotes as catalysts for ranting about various strains of hypocrisy. Read morePublished on May 6, 2004 by Inspector2211
Goad is an honest man, beneath the many layers of mean spirited sarcasm (God bless you, Jim). As such, He's niether a hero nor a victim, as many autobiographers tend to paint... Read morePublished on May 6, 2004 by Preston Huey