GODTALK

As the nineties were drawing to a close, Brad Gooch set out on a journey to explore traditional and nontraditional forms of spirituality that took him across America and to India. Gooch’s quest—partly personal and partly investigative—took him to Chicago to read the mysterious Urantia Book; to Goa and La Jolla to experience the talks and treatments of Deepak Chopra; to Ganeshpuri and South Fallsburg, New York, to listen to the charismatic leader Gurumayi Chidvilasananda; to Bardstown, Kentucky, to observe the quiet solitude of the Trappists and to Dubuque, Iowa, to see the Trappistines; to Dallas to worship with the members of the gay congregation of the Cathedral of Hope; and to New York to talk with Muslims and Sufis. As Gooch proceeded on this unique spiritual odyssey—from fringe to mainstream—he witnessed diverse movements and religions and their strong appeal to a broad spectrum of followers.

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

RUMI'S SECRET: THE LIFE OF THE SUFI POET OF LOVE

The first popular biography of Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian poet revered by contemporary Western readers.


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.