My Goodness by Joe Queenan
A Cynic's Short-Lived Search for Sainthood

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Joe Queenan admits, even though the money is good, all his meanness has filled him with self-loathing. My Goodness documents Queenans journey toward self-regeneration. After reviewing the history of goodness in the Western world (from Jesus Christ to Sting), he chronicles his own moral attempts at rehabilitation. Being nice is the biggest challenge of his career.

About Joe Queenan

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JOE QUEENAN has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, GQ, and Spy. He has written for Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Golf Digest, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The New Republic, and contributes to The New York Times, and The Guardian. He has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Today, and The Daily Show. His books include The New York Times bestseller and Notable Book Closing Time: A Memoir.
Published January 1, 2000 by PICADOR. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The right-wing conservative in recovery admits he feels as out of place as Mumia might at a Fraternal Order of Police convention, but recovers in time to expose the economics and egocentrics of Greenpeace, Amnesty International, alternative medicine, Eastern spirituality, animal rightists, and "g...

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He's at his best when contemplating how bad he has actually been, and when he measures the ""obviously satanic people I have made fun of"" against ""unlikely people I have defended."" His ""Short History of Goodness from Jesus Christ to Sting"" crackles with the gleefully barbed and insouciant to...

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And best of all, MY GOODNESS has a happy ending: Queenan decides to go back to being his basically nasty, attack-mode self.

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Austin Chronicle

In the title essay, Queenan is accosted during a screening of the film Alive -- the true story of the 1975 Andes plane crash that forced survivors to eat the frozen flesh of the deceased -- because he has yelled aloud, "Eat Vincent Spano first!"

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