Goad has been called "brutally honest without worrying about being correct by author Chuck Palahniuk and "an amazing writer by comedienne Margaret Cho. Comedian Patton Oswalt, who says his comedy was influenced by Goad, claims he based the protagonist of a comic book he wrote on him.
ANSWER Me! was also blamed for the suicides of three British youths in 1996 and for Francisco Martin Duran's rifle assault on the White House in 1994. (Duran quoted a line from the magazine in a note he'd left in his van before firing 29 rounds at the White House.)
In 1998, Goad was arrested for beating his then-girlfriend, who had left several death threats on his answering machine and against whom he had filed a restraining order. He pled guilty and served a prison term. He was released in October 2000.
Goad has authored four books: The Redneck Manifesto, which Kirkus Reviews said was "redeemed in large part by its author's phenomenal sense of humor; Shit Magnet, described by the New York Press as "a relentlessly sad, ugly, hateful, raging, repellent, violent and brutally candid memoir-manifesto. It’s as hard to put down as it is to read.; ANSWER Me!: The First Three (a compilation of the magazine's first three issues); and Jim Goad's Gigantic Book of Sex, an anthology of his post-prison writings for sex magazines. Of the latter book, Publishers Weekly commented that "Goad's savage wit is matched only by his enthusiasm...his decidedly un-P.C. take on all things sexual brings a welcome bit of pointed, occasionally venomous satire to the sex manual genre and Vice magazine said "This entire book is gross and hilarious."
Shit Magnet is translated on Russian, and it will be published by Moscow publishing house Kislorod in winter 2009.
Goad maintains a website which has an archive of his old articles and new items and also periodically contributes to the blog Street Carnage Goad currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Shannon and son Zane.