Brad Gooch


The Golden Age of Promiscuity is a novel that powerfully--sometimes shockingly--evokes the New York gay club scene of the seventies. Brad Gooch has brilliantly captured the mind-set, the voice, the way of living that characterized the men who frequented the clubs, showing us this world with all its games codes, emotions, and excesses for the first time.

Sean Devlin, at twenty--boyish, innocent, both fervent and controlled--drops out of Columbia Univeristy to pursue the downtown life of an avant-garde filmmaker. A variety of hustlers, and urbane, older, blue-blood mentor, and a charismatic performance artist on her way up are among his companions on his voyage of discovery. With them, Devlin is repeatedly drawn to the excitement of the clubs--to Studio 54, and to the Flamingo, the Ramrod, the Anvil, the Mineshaft--where erotic rituals are enacted into the morning hours.

The novel brings to life a night world that no longer exists, a subterranean New York of drugs, dim lights, and strange bare rooms where medieval seeming acts are performed and intimacy is anonymous. Energized, even hypnotized, by this scene, yet remaining detached, Devlin moves deliberately toward his goal--to be a famous filmmaker in the tradition of Warhol--and we watch him becoming, in the process, the ultimate voyeur, seeing and experiencing his own life through his camera.

A compelling work of fiction, an inside look at a fascinating, decadent, lost society.

Selected Works

SMASH CUT is a love story, an elegy, and an intimate history of New York City in the 70s and 80s.
“O'Connor lives and breathes--and spits fire--in Brad Gooch's portrait.”
Vanity Fair
“A necessary chronicle of a fascinating, often overlooked, key character in modern American letters.”
Los Angeles Times
"No one else has written a book this literate and witty about the modeling world."
–Bret Easton Ellis
"Truly great. . . .a subtle and brilliantly odd book, the best of Gooch's career." (Bookforum)
"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
"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
"A must-read for all men - gay or straight - and the women who love them." - Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City
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
"Brad Gooch's stories offer gray grainy photographs of urban life with a roughness and directness unequalled in contemporary fiction. Brilliant." --Donald Barthelme
Brad Gooch's first book: nineteen poems. Smalltown adolescense, disco sex, S&M performance poems. And love poems.

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