With his first works, especially his novel "Irre" ("Crazy" or "Mad"), published in 1983, he became a cult author for the intellectual left. To the delight of his fans and the dismay of some critics he mixed neo-expressionist writing with social realism in the vein of Alfred Döblin and the fast pace of British pop writers like Julie Burchill. During a televised literary tournament in 1983, Goetz slit his own forehead with a razor blade and let the blood run down his face until he finished reading.
Goetz made his name as an enthusiastic observer of media and pop culture. He embraced avant-garde philosophers like Foucault and Luhmann as well as the DJs of the techno movement, especially Sven Väth.
He kept a written a daily diary, or blog, on the web in 1998-99 called Abfall für alle ("trash for everybody"), which eventually was published as a book.
Goetz won numerous literary awards.
Awards and honors 
Selected works 
- Irre (1983) - the novel which made him famous.
- Krieg / "War" (1986) - three plays
- Kontrolliert / "Controlled" (1988)
- Festung (1993) plays
- 1989 (1993) - a collage of media etc. from the years 1989 / 1990 German Reunification
- Rave (1998)
- Jeff Koons (1998)
- Abfall für alle (1999)
- Rainald Goetz: New German dramatic art (website of the Goethe-Institut)
- "To Live and to Write: The Existence Mission of Writing." Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics, Vol VII, No 1, 2013.