Author (and Former Model) Brad Gooch on his Memoir of Drugs, Disco, Love, and Literature
Great interview with the sexy writer about his memoir, "Smash Cut," and life New York City in the '70s and '80s.
After arriving as a Columbia undergraduate in the early 1970s, Brad Gooch found himself at the center of a gay artistic universe that included future legends such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Dennis Cooper. He gravitated first to poetry and then to fiction before taking a brief detour in modeling. His career as a literary biographer includes critically acclaimed works on Frank O’Hara and Flannery O’Connor.
In his new book Smash Cut, Gooch turns his skills as a biographer on himself, vividly bringing to life his experiences inside the decadent downtown nightlife of the 1970s and 1980s. But Smash Cut isn’t an autobiography; it’s the chronicle of a passionate affair between Gooch and film director Howard Brookner, as they navigate love, fidelity, and the exploding freedoms of the era. With cameos by Madonna and William Burroughs, among others, Gooch’s memoir brings to life a vanished New York and then recounts its dissolution as Brookner falls ill with a mystery virus that will soon change the lives of nearly everyone they love.Read HERE.
BTW: It doesn't say who conducted it for The Standard hotel, but I'm pretty sure he was talking about Dianne Brill -- not Diane Abrill!