Answer Me! (magazine)
|Publisher||Jim and Debbie Goad|
ANSWER Me! was a magazine edited by Jim Goad and Debbie Goad and published between 1991 and 1994. Extremely misanthropic in its editorial content, it focused on the social pathologies of interest to the Los Angeles–based couple.
Issue 4 of ANSWER Me! was the subject of a high-profile obscenity trial against two booksellers whose magazine store carried the issue.
Issue No. 1
Released 31 October 1991.
Featured interviews with Russ Meyer, Timothy Leary, Holly Woodlawn, Kid Frost, Public Enemy, Iceberg Slim, and pieces on Bakersfield, California, Sunset Boulevard, masturbation in literature, and Twelve-Step programs.
Issue No. 2
Released 17 July 1992.
Featured Anton LaVey, David Duke, Al Goldstein, El Duce of The Mentors, the Geto Boys, Ray Dennis Steckler, 100 serial killers and mass murderers, Vietnamese gangs, and Mexican murder magazines.
Issue No. 3
Released 19 July 1993.
Featured Jack Kevorkian, Al Sharpton, NAMBLA, the Kids of Widney High, Boyd Rice, Suzanne Muldowney, 100 suicides (including Colleen Applegate, Diane Arbus, Linda Marie Ault, Craig Badiali & Joan Fox, Thomas Barker, Raymond Belknap & James Vance, The Bergenfield Four, William Lee Bergstrom, Anilia Bhundia, Felix Bourg, Thomas Lynn Bradford, M. Jay Briggs, Buddhist Monks in Vietnam, Dan Burros, Chris Chubbuck, William Corcoran, Inocencia Rosa Cortes, Dennis & Lindsay Crosby, Ian Curtis, Carl Czerny, Jeffrey Davis, Jeanine Deckers, The "Deer Hunter" suicides, Giuseppe Dolce, The "Dungeons and Dragons" suicides, R. Budd Dwyer, Sergei Esenin, Donald C. Forrester, the "Gloomy Sunday" suicides, James Green, Charles Haefner, William Gordan Hall, Ernest Hemingway, Ann Hemmingway, Andrew L. Hermann, Dr. Albert Herschman, Adolf Hitler, Abbie Hoffman, Danny Holley, Derek Humphry's wives, the Ingersoll suicides, Jack the Bum, Joe, the Boy with Elastic Skin, Roop Kanwar, Doug Kenny, Thomas Kenny, the Kevorkian suicides, Mike Keys, David Koresh & Friends, Veronique Le Guen, Diane Linkletter, Mattrew Lovat, Paul Lozano, Tina Mancini, Donald Manes, Masada, Rich & Jamie Masters, Leanita McClain, Albert Medrano, the Mount Mihara suicides, Karl Miller, Yukio Mishima, Marilyn Monroe, Donnie Moore, Lillie Norwalk, the Old Believers, Frank R. Olson, Gerald Olson, the "Ozzy Osbourne" suicides, John Parks, Peregrinus, Scott Phillips, Sylvia Plath, Freddie Prinze, George Reeves, Rufus Ripley, Edgar Rosenberg, Gregg Sanders, Sappho, William Sexton, Del Shannon, Stephan Simon, Mitch Snyder, Stockbrokers during the Great Depression, Charles Stuart, Harry Swart, Jacques Vaché, Vincent Van Gogh, Vatel, Popo Walker, Doodles Weaver, John Webster, George C. Wheeler, Dan White, Dennis Robert Widdison, Mary Woodson, Wrzesinaski, John B. Young, and Zeno), guns, Andrei Chikatilo, pedophilia in Steven Spielberg's work, Mexican deformity comics, paintings and drawings by murderers (Kenneth Bianchi, Mark David Chapman, Gary Heidnik, Henry Lee Lucas, Ottis Toole, Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and Richard Ramirez), and a prank call to a suicide hotline.
Issue No. 4
Known as "The Rape Issue", features a teen-mag-style interview with Richard Ramirez, Donny the Punk, work by Molly Kiely, Boyd Rice, Randall Phillip, Shaun Partridge, Adam Parfrey (on Andrea Dworkin), Peter Sotos (with illustrations by Trevor Brown), pieces on amputation, the police, racist country & western music, and Chocolate Impulse.
The first three issues were released in a collection with autobiographical introductory pieces by Debbie and Jim. It was first published as ANSWER Me!: The First Three (ISBN 1-873176-03-1) by AK Press.
In 1995, a complaint about of issue no. 4 being sold at a Bellingham, Washington magazine store known as The Newsstand resulted in owners Ira Stohl and Kristina Hjelsand being tried on charges of distribution of obscenity. Charged with one felony count of promoting pornography, they faced a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. The defendants were found not guilty. A later lawsuit against the City of Bellingham by Stohl and Hjelsand resulted in the City paying $1.3 million to the plaintiffs on the grounds of violation of First Amendment rights and infliction of emotional distress.
Chocolate Impulse was a "hoax zine" created by Jim and Debbie Goad, publishers of ANSWER Me!. Wanting to address the negative feedback they'd received from the zine community, the Goads wrote and distributed a pseudonymous screed against themselves (in which they claimed to be the lesbian couple "Valerie Chocolate" and "Faith Impulse"), going so far as to set up a fake address for it in Kentucky. The zine received some positive response from the publishers of Feminist Baseball and other zines that had negatively reviewed the Goads. In issue #4 of ANSWER Me!, Jim Goad revealed the prank and insulted those who had taken the bait.
- Bernstein, Joseph (February 5, 2015). "The Surprisingly Mainstream History Of The Internet’s Favorite Anti-Semitic Image". BuzzFeed.
- "BUY". jimgoad.net. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "Question Put Before Court: Is Magazine Smut or Satire?". The New York Times. 1995-11-26. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
- Bjorhus, Jennifer (1996-02-02). "Not-Guilty Verdict In Bellingham Pornography Trial". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
- Foerstel, Herbert N. (1998). Banned in the Media: A Reference Guide to Censorship in the Press, Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, and the Internet. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-30245-6. p 16.
- Schaefer, David (1997-04-13). "Whatcom 'Porn' Case Gets Vendor $1.3 Million". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
- Short survey with images from The First Three
- Review of The First Three[dead link]
- Amazon.com page for The First Three
- "A Little 'zine Called ANSWER Me! Demands a Verdict by Bob Armstrong, an article covering the obscenity trial in Bellingham, from X Magazine
- "Zines, etc." by Carrie McLaren, a review of ANSWER Me! in Stay Free! (#10). Letter to the editor from Jim Goad in response.