Dear Friends,

After nearly a decade portraying The Most Interesting Man in the World, I am thrilled to report my life of adventure is continuing. Not as an actor. As a journalist.

Starting today, I'm joining the editorial staff of True.Ink, a new online magazine that combines tall tales with live, off-line experiences. "Live The Story," we say.

My title is editor emeritus, and along with hosting some incredible events, I’ll be penning a column called True Mastery, and writing some poetry. For those who want to stay in touch (you can sign up below) I'm offering a winner a weekend in Vermont.

Fishing. Hiking. Martinis. On me. You coming?

For proof this is me, to enter my contest and to sign up for my newsletter go here.

Thanks for having me Reddit and great to be back. Running for the train. Have a deadline, but will be back soon and stay in touch with me at True.Ink/Goldsmith

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imthewiseguy1576 karma

I think you're pretty awesome.

How does one become as cool as you are?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama3340 karma

Read. Read everything. Race to the library. Now!

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama731 karma

Easy. Step 1: Find wonder. Step two: Emulate it.

Thank you, BTW.

MattBaster1026 karma

Is writing a relatively new venture for you, or do you have previous journalism experience?

And seriously, now that no one's listening... what do you really think of Dos Equis?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama2011 karma

I've been writing poetry since kindergarten.

Also happens to the same time I discovered my affinity for the femme form.

butterball1759 karma

Have you ever met anyone who could challenge the "Most Interesting Man Alive" claim?

And, who would you say is the Most Interesting Woman Alive?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama2152 karma

The Most Interesting Woman alive is easy.

My wife.

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama2026 karma

Who would challenge the Most Interesting Man alive?

They're all dead.

Tastes_Like_Blue734 karma

I love you.

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama1546 karma

Thank you. A treasured gift. I love you too.

gtkilla122 karma

Did you just call your wife easy?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama290 karma

Easy? Pardon? Hardly.

tamemister744 karma

How often do you get noticed in public?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama1550 karma

From the time the sun goes up to the time I can see the moon.

chrono1465652 karma

What is one area you feel that everyone man should have "True Mastery" of?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama1367 karma


InfernalWedgie474 karma

As a True Master of Chivalry, how skilled are you in the art of riding a cheval?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama1288 karma

Cheval? You mean the distant cousin of Equus caballus? What do you think? I used to breed them.

ChrysMYO604 karma

Which of the brags on the XX beer commercial were the most accurate to your real life?

And did you use the guy that does the voice overs during the commercial to interview for your current job? If so, how much does he charge for use in my own job inteviews?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama1265 karma

Naturally, my affinity with animals—and their affinity with me. I've fed a tiger cub his milk and then returned years later to feed him in his cage. Hawks, snakes, rhinoceros, pumas... All friends to me.

guninmouth586 karma

Has KFC asked you to be the world's most interesting Colonel? If they did, would you say yes?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama917 karma

Too many calories (tasty though.)

Frajer487 karma

How did you get into writing?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama1829 karma

She sat next to me. Her hair was flaxen, face freckled and laughing eyes. We were madly in love. She was an Italian model, in town from Milan. Or was it the Bronx? I don't remember. I was eight.

JazzmanRob379 karma

I get a lot of crap from my friends because I enjoy ballroom dancing...but do you ballroom dance as well?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama712 karma

I tango, often on the floors of ballrooms, so yeah. You're friends should your admire your passion for dance. I do.

nomadbishop370 karma

What was the inspiration for the notorious sock improv?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama622 karma

As Mark Twain said, "Never go anywhere unnoticed."

Case proven. Thanks for remembering!

Sicipio334 karma

MIMITW, what would you say are the top 5 virtues someone should have if they aspire to be the most interesting man in the world?

Thanks for coming back to Reddit!

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama762 karma

Here they are, spread your fingers:

1.) Compassion 2.) Integrity 3) Tenacity 4.) Endurance 5.) Mastery of the Kama Sutra (note my byline in the acknowledgements of that tome of course)

Sicipio176 karma

I will take these virtues to heart.

Thank you my friend.

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama301 karma

Thank you my friend. Love to hear more and stay in touch with me at True.Ink/Goldsmith

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama192 karma

Thank you and stay in touch with me at True.Ink/Goldsmith

mistermocha290 karma

Your status as the Most Interesting Man could clearly have a lot of influence. Assuming you could convey a message to the world and use your influence, what would you want to encourage everyone in the world to do?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama840 karma

Love. To love. Give love. Preach love. This trip is short.

f43s254 karma


Iam_jgoldsmith_ama1655 karma

Smoke signals.

linkankit244 karma

When YOU meet someone, what do you look for in an individual to truly classify him/her as 'Interesting'? In other words, how does the most interesting man in the world classify someone else as 'interesting'?

Also, do you think this charm/charisma of the individual is inborn or developed over time?

Thanks for the AMA. Huge fan!

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama884 karma

First rule. To be interesting you have to be interested. In life.

Second rule. Interest isn't enough. You have to experience the incredible parade that's passing you by.

Not as an onlooker. As a participant. Jump in.

Musichead2468239 karma

What are your favorite songs at the moment?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama533 karma

Always the classics—they season with time—like me.

Deepfriedlogic212 karma

Can I take over as the most interesting man in the world?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama363 karma

Let's have a look. Send C.V. to True.Ink/Goldsmith

What's your primary qualification?

nevinator23181 karma

If you had to choose, would you say the role of "most interesting man in the world" is more of a reflection of your personality? Or is it more of an inspiration into this new career and who you are today?

edit:better wording.

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama294 karma

I put a lot of myself into the character, felt an affinity for him :) My new role as editor emeritus continues the same spirit, savoring the world around me, celebrating what makes a good life tick

nevinator2385 karma

So as editor emeritus do you plan on personally engaging to go out and find the stories or will you let them come to you?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama173 karma

It's interactive. Some ideas will be my own. Some stories may come from readers like yourself. What ya got?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama98 karma

Will do both. Some stories will be own; others will be inspired by readers and others. Perhaps even you. What you got?

Ennion175 karma

Aren't you supposed to be on your way to Mars?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama626 karma

Checked it out. Food not great. Hard to get a good pour. Here I am. Glad to be back.

3pastmidnight168 karma

What would you recommend reading, and why?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama576 karma

As Goethe said, 'Anyone who doesn't understand the last 3,000 years of history is living foot to mouth." No knowledge of past = no knowledge of today. See Will Durant, Story of Civilization (along with a classic comics, got me through college.)

p4d4160 karma

First, I love you and all that you do. Congratulations on the editor position!

My question is this: Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt lost and/or depressed as if you were the Least interesting man in the world? How did you pull yourself out of it?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama524 karma

If you have not felt lost, how do you know once you've arrived? If there is no pain, what does pleasure feel like? I've been there. This is life. You are not alone. Treasure the Dawn. A new day, new possibilities. New attitude. Also happens to be the name of the poem I published today. Can find it on True.Ink/Goldsmith best to you my friend

Tykotylerf144 karma

Hi Jonathan, I love you works. Have you ever made a voicemail for someone before? Would you make a voicemail for me using your amazing voice? I'd love to have someone call and have your voice tell them to leave a message.

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama622 karma


Under the right circumstances, leave no bizarre opportunity behind.

-Ancient Proverb, J.Goldsmith 9/1/16 1:00 pm, AD

alpinefallout127 karma

So what's your favourite beer?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama245 karma

What do you think?

meandmybassethound116 karma

Where is your most favorite place you have traveled? What did you like about it?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama333 karma

Many are special. Even a white room with the right friends. But a secret key in the Bahamas comes to mind (can't share the lat/long) but we were boarded by armed military personal (twin fifties, bright lights) a few beers later, we had the laughs of our lives, not to mention pics of second wife in cuffs! Goes to show: you can inspire anyone with the right attitude (and fear of prison.)

Ohm_eye_God104 karma


With all of your knowledge from reading, what do you think about the ancient astronaut theory? (that our species was helped in some way by extraterrestrials in the past)

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama195 karma

I've met some of those people once, actually. We had a round table on Mars. I cooked. Made them my famous lamb chops in Roquefort sauce.

Ohm_eye_God91 karma

So what are your thoughts on Cambozola cheese? I think it's the best cheese in the universe.

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama210 karma

I concur. Certainly, a top contender however it's a cow's milk cheese and considering my affinity for sheep (I delivered one once) and goats (they're quite playful) i remain neutral on this important topic.

Ohm_eye_God107 karma

Thanks for your concurrence. If you're still here, what's your favorite scotch? Mine is Ardbeg 10.

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama264 karma

My very good man. I just so happen to have a bottle in my bag. And just poured out a nip in our honor. True story. Viva Islay!

Ohm_eye_God112 karma

Damn sir you are awesome. Would love to meet you, just to taste cheese and drink scotch together. I'm a 53 year old straight guy from Kentucky so no worries. Holla!

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama187 karma

This is what my new adventure is all bout. Your stories, as well as mine. Stay in touch at True.Ink/Goldsmith and I'll keep the bottle of Ardberg 10 somewhat full for us when the time comes...

DrBubbleBeast86 karma

If you could give advice to all the young folk that read this, what would it be?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama248 karma

Follow your dreams, but don't forget to wake up and activate. We'll be getting into more of this in True Mastery, my new column. Love to hear more about "young folk" experiences — learning is a two way superhighway

PrestonForPresident78 karma

Is a Presidential run in your future?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama247 karma

Here is all I can confirm. We have received a couple calls from interested parties that are understandably concerned about the current state of affairs. Myself and my advisors decline all further comments about that position at this present time.

blackmagemasta70 karma

I find that one interesting thing a man (or woman) can do is cook. Do you like to cook? And if so, what is one of your favorite things to cook? And if you happen to have a recipe, that would be very interesting.

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama205 karma

I love to cook and cook often. I'm cooking right now actually....

The kitchen is always closer to the bedroom with the right menu.

Sign up for my Bloody Mary recipe at True.Ink/Goldsmith

Will throw in the rib recipe too!

shark_shocker63 karma

Did you ever suggest any ideas to be used in the Dos Equis commercials? Or was there an idea that was scrapped that you would have liked to portray?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama126 karma

The commercials were great, but what I'm up to now is an unfiltered take. This is me. The ideas are boundless, the poetry is all original. Not a character. Not behind a curtain. I am here and ready to hear about you, my fellow travelers. Like I said, learning goes both ways.

Biscuinis60 karma

Where do I have to go to become The Most Interesting Man in the World?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama208 karma

The best place to start would be the library.

Double-ewe55 karma

What do you think about ecology ?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama166 karma

Big concern. We must each do our part in being mindful stewards of our earth. To think climate change isn't real? A dangerous thought.

Jungletouch54 karma

May I tug your beard?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama147 karma

May I tug on yours?

suaveitguy54 karma

Do you still live on a boat?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama115 karma

Now it's a farm.

mikeybiz48 karma

If you could have a baby with any other man past, present, or fictional (assuming it's possible) who would it be?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama124 karma

Jackie Robinson. Moses. Not sure of the order. How about you?

Harvickfan4Life39 karma

What was the most intresting thing to ever happen to you?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama140 karma

The birth of my first born. Absolute proof of the following and in no particular order: love, awareness, divine architecture.

juiceboxrodeo36 karma

Do you have a preference between A Bloody Mary and a Caesar?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama104 karma

Yes. Important question. Hail Caesar!

two_off36 karma

Which types/category of books do you regularly read?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama118 karma

Philosophy. World History. Mystery. Gardening.

dansoccer35 karma

I don't always ask a question on AMA but when I do, I ask 2!

Did you film any XX commercials that did not get aired? Is there a personal brag that wanted to film but did not get to?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama56 karma

Bragging. I try not to do. More than likely, some cuts don't make it. I don't recall, though familiar with the cutting room floor.

imtoogoodforthis33 karma

How good is your Russian?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama62 karma


marcomula30 karma

Whats your favorite movie?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama114 karma

Closely Watched Trains. A Czech picture. Touching. Poignant. A young man struggles with his arrival at manhood.

Never ending story, don't you suppose?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama56 karma

Also did I mention The Entertainer (with my favorite actor, Sir Lawrence Olivier.)

klamonic129 karma

If a movie was made about your life, what actor (besides yourself) would play you?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama84 karma

I cannot confirm that a motion picture is being made about my life and times, but if I could, and if it were, I can reveal the following short list of colleagues I treasure. Ed Harris. Al Pacino. Sir Lawrence. If only he was still around.

AeternumFlame23 karma

What's your favorite TV series?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama117 karma

Twilight Zone v.s. House of Cards. A toss up. (Oh, Cosmos, the Carl Sagan show.)

IPeeInTheShower22 karma

How many times could you have gotten laid because you are the Most Interesting Man in the World?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama19 karma

Do you know the code of a True gentlemen? If you did, you would have never asked:)

m3n00bz1 karma

Your proof looks photoshopped. Why is that?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama3 karma

No photoshop or alterations of any kind. Just reclining after a long day, introducing one old friend to a new one. Work well done.

CharlesWieand0 karma

Can I come fishing with you?? I once bear hugged an alligator underwater and picked up a cobra. Love your character such an inspiration for adventure!!

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama7 karma

Sure you can. That's part of my role as True.Ink editor. Sharing adventures with brave folks like yourself. I'm raffling away a fishing weekend with me in Vermont. My gear. Special martini. Enter at True.Ink/Goldsmith but the leave the alligator and cobra at home

Ringo007-10 karma

You sound like an absolute prick. Why is that?

Iam_jgoldsmith_ama8 karma

Only an #$%!&!! would mention that :) Challenge you to a duel?