As the author, Joe Queenan, approached his fiftieth year, he began to feel the effects of a lifetime spent being critically unpleasant. He looked at icons of goodnes - Sting, Ben & Jerry, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere - and saw happy, vibrant, upbeat people, in contrast to the mean-spirited, dried-up cynic he knew himself to be. So, he decided to set out on a journey of spiritual self-regeneration. Aware that there is no point being a wonderful person unless everyone knows about it, he determined to make sure people got the facts and figures. "My Goodness" traces a bad man's attempt to do truly good things.
The bestselling author of America and Queenan Country, Joe Queenan is a contributing writer at Men's Health and writes regularly for the New York Times, Forbes and Smart Money. His movie criticism appears every month in the Guardian Weekend section; he has appeared on Nightly Review, Newsnight and Front Row; he has written and starred in three short satirical programs on Channel 4; and can regularly be heard on BBC Radio 4. Mr Queenan lives in Tarrytown, New York.