I, Goldstein: My Screwed Life

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The key distinction between Al Goldstein and Hugh Hefner is that the last thing on earth Al would be caught doing is taking himself seriously. Otherwise, given the amount of trouble Al has seen, his autobiography reads more like a tragedy than the absurd, uproarious comedy it is.

Like a fat tiger with nine lives, Al Goldstein constantly collides with his own mortality, yet has survived for 69 years, so far. Recently, after finally succeeding in cannibalizing his entire fortune, Goldstein toughed his way through a full year homeless on the streets of New York — merely his latest accomplishment. Al’s list of priors involve two dozen arrests, four ex-wives, Mafia hit contracts, thousands of death threats, innumerable medical procedures, and constant legal attack throughout his 34 years publishing Screw. Al’s blood enemies include politicians, D.A.'s, CEO's and religious officials.

When Goldstein was acquitted on pornography charges in Wichita, Kansas, in 1978, he flew the entire jury to New York to celebrate at Plato's Retreat, and took them all out to dinner on the anniversary of his acquittal. This landmark victory thereafter insured the right of Americans to view buck-ass naked sex with or without redeeming social value.

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Al Goldstein lives in Staten Island with his fifth wife. He works for Internet sites XonDemand and Booble. His exploits and troubles have been covered by major magazines, newspapers, and national media – most recently in The New York Times and The New Yorker. He's good buddies with Stern and Imus. Ready and able to do whatever is required to promote his book.

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Screw magazine founder Goldstein chronicles his dramatic career in pornography in this occasionally compelling but more frequently repellent memoir. Driven by an unfocused rage-"I got up every morning to face my enemies. And I loved it"-Goldstein cut a wide swath in his rise to porn infamy, alienating readers, family members and friends with outrageous and inflammatory behavior before cannibalizing his sizable fortune and winding up in a homeless shelter for half a year. Unfortunately, Goldstein never quite gets around to discussing his crushing financial failure in much detail, focusing instead on gleeful stories of debauchery with porn stars like Linda Lovelace and interviews with the famous and notorious, ranging from Sammy Davis Jr. to Albert Speer, pulled from the pages of his magazine. He's more than candid, and certainly isn't out to make himself a hero; when gunmen enter his magazine's office, for example, Goldstein's thoughts first turn to his infant son, but then "turned to the more immediate matter of protecting the $2,500 Pulsar watch on my wrist." It's a recurring theme in the book-when given the opportunity to do the right thing, Goldstein instinctively thinks of himself first-making it hard to muster much sympathy. Though amusing and titillating, this memoir isn't much more than another stab at fame and fortune from a selfish, angry and intermittently funny man.
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