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Brad Gooch is the author of Smash Cut, a memoir, and is currently writing a biography of the Sufi mystic poet Rumi.

Biography

Brad Gooch is the author of Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the 70s and the 80s (Harper, 2015) and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor (Little, Brown, 2009), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a New York Times bestseller. His previous books include City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara; as well as Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America; three novels--Scary Kisses, The Golden Age of Promiscuity, Zombie00; a collection of stories, Jailbait and other Stories, chosen by Donald Barthelme for a Writer’s Choice Award; a collection of poems, The Daily News; and two memoirs, Finding the Boyfriend Within and Dating the Greek Gods. His work has been featured in numerous magazines including: The New Republic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Partisan Review,The Paris Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Art Forum, Harper’s Bazaar, The Nation, and regularly on The Daily Beast. A Guggenheim fellow in Biography, he has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, and a Furthermore grant in publishing from the J.M. Kaplan Fund. A professor of English at William Paterson University, he earned his PhD at Columbia University, and lives in New York City.

Memoir

SMASH CUT: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the 70s & the 80s

SMASH CUT is a love story, an elegy, and an intimate history of New York City in the 70s and 80s.


Biography

FLANNERY: A LIFE OF FLANNERY O’CONNOR

“O'Connor lives and breathes--and spits fire--in Brad Gooch's portrait.”

Vanity Fair

CITY POET: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRANK O’HARA

“A necessary chronicle of a fascinating, often overlooked, key character in modern American letters.”

Los Angeles Times

Novel

SCARY KISSES

"No one else has written a book this literate and witty about the modeling world."

–Bret Easton Ellis

ZOMBIE00

"Truly great. . . .a subtle and brilliantly odd book, the best of Gooch's career." (Bookforum)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF PROMISCUITY

"Gooch's detailed descriptions and provocative observations make The Golden Age of Promiscuity the next best thing to taking a time-machine trip to grovel in the glorious '70s gutter. "

–San Francisco Chronicle

Non-Fiction

GODTALK

"On so hot a subject as religion in America, Brad Gooch is as serenely cool as Tocqueville was on an equally hot subject, democracy in America; and as irresistibly readable." - Gore Vidal

FINDING THE BOYFRIEND WITHIN

"A must-read for all men - gay or straight - and the women who love them."

–Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City

DATING THE GREEK GODS

Unique in its approach and totally accesible in its realization, Dating the Greek Gods is an enlightened and literary self-help book that encourages readers to turn to their own inner oracle.


Short Stories

JAILBAIT and other stories

"Brad Gooch's stories offer gray grainy photographs of urban life with a roughness and directness unequalled in contemporary fiction. Brilliant."

Donald Barthelme

Poetry

THE DAILY NEWS

Brad Gooch's first book: nineteen poems. Smalltown adolescense, disco sex, S&M performance poems. And love poems.