Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 512
Jim Goad on Answer Me!
Last weekend, Greg Johnson welcomed Jim Goad back to Counter-Currents Radio to talk about Jim’s newly-reissued zine Answer Me!, the zine culture of the 1990s, Jim’s karaoke fundraiser for Counter-Currents, and listener questions, and it is now available for download and online listening.
Topics discussed include:
00:02:00 What is Answer Me?
00:07:51 Asian caricatures and the troubles of getting it printed
00:10:58 What was Jim doing before Answer Me?
00:13:59 On Debbie Goad
00:17:43 What music critics do you admire?
00:19:59 Did you plan to write more issues?
00:20:54 The obscenity trial over the rape issue
00:25:18 How did you promote Answer Me! before the Internet?
00;26:53 Where did the title come from?
00:29:21 How Jim got red-pilled
00:35:04 Why did you stop after four issues?
00:35:45 That time Jim was subpoenaed to DC to testify in court
00:36:04 That time Jim inspired an assassination attempt onf Bob Dole, and the three skinheads who killed themselves
00:38:03 That time Jim accidentally killed Kurt Cobain
00:39:59 When did you start writing for Taki?
00:43:25 Karaoke requests
00:45:32 On Davis Aurini
00:49:00 On Ann Sterzinger, Matt Forney, and the Groypers
01:03:31 In the 1990s, we had more free speech
01:09:29 What does Jim do to cultivate his creativity?
01:13:04 What is Jim’s writing schedule/routine?
01:15:50 Does Jim dance?
01:16:34 What martial arts has Jim done?
01:17:36 Does Jim play any musical instruments?
01:17:47 Greg on his dancing, singing, musical instruments, and sleep habits
01:20:24 That time Jim recorded an album of trucker rap and went on tour
01:22:25 Who are Jim’s favorite country artists?
01:26:13 Jim’s favorite female country singers
01:30:39 Favorite pop artists?
01:34:27 On Frank Rizzo
01:37:07 On The Steve Miller Band
01:38:26 Frankie Teardrop
01:40:31 On Adam Parfrey and Feral House
01:49:42 On Jim’s vocal singing range
01:53:10 Might Jim republish Chocolate Impulse?
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A bit of miscellany inspired by this enjoyable discussion:
Charley Pride, “Someone Loves You Honey”
Tammy Wynette, “One of a Kind”
The KLF, “Justified & Ancient”
David Bowie, “Station to Station” (from Christiane F.)
Jim named dropped Luke Ford. What’s the QRD on this guy? I know used to be (and maybe still) a porn blogger and converted to Judaism. He seems to be a race realist and somewhat sympathetic to white nationalism https://lukeford.net/blog/?p=119204 and appears to even have cordial correspondence with Greg Johnson. Guy sure seems to be all over the place!
I still have a copy of Attitude Problem, a self-proclaimed “Multipurpose Nonconformist Rag” which, among the music reviews and cheesy advertisements for skateboards, introduced me to John Taylor Gatto’s Seven Lesson Schoolteacher, truly one of the revolutionary essays of this era.
I have a couple of boxes full of pulp printed ‘zines, newsletters and alternative ‘papers, collected over the years. There’s a vibe arising from print and illustrations in the raw including and especially the typos, ink splotches and often crudely drawn cartoons. The signpost up ahead that you the reader have entered the underground zone.
One thing about ‘zines is that they are physical objects. They will be with us, perhaps gathering dust on back shelves but ready for perusal, long after everything interesting has been purged from the Web or erased via some network wide crash.
There’s another advantage to doing a physical publication. It’s an organizational tactic. I’ve worked on an alternative paper or two with a squad of like minded people, mobilized in a dingy office creating a synergy which is missed by atomized individuals in the remoteness of their basements banging away on keyboards in search of “likes.” A physical publication also develops the logistics for printing, distribution and rounding up advertisers, getting more people involved with realworld skills.
Not to mention mulling over which letter-to-the-editor you will publish. This actually creates a certain discipline among the readership. Correspondents are pushed into being creative and using a modicum of grammar-syntax if they want to be published in this man’s pulp nonfiction. It’s elite team creation.
Just some random notes from the underground…
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