• Hardcover: 256 pages
• Publisher: Harper (April 14, 2015)
Brad Gooch, the author of the acclaimed City Poet, returns with a searing memoir of life in 1980s New York City.
Brad Gooch arrived in New York in the 1970s, eager for artistic and personal freedom. Smash Cut is his bold and intimate memoir of this exhilarating time and place, complete with its cast of wild bohemians, celebrities, and budding artists, such as Robert Mapplethorpe, William Burroughs, and Madonna. At its center is his love affair with film director Howard Brookner, recreated from fragments of memory and a crosshatch of conflicting emotions, from innocent romance to bleak despair.
Gooch and Brookner’s intense relationship is challenged by sex and drugs, and by a culture of extreme experimentation. As both men try to reconcile love and fidelity with the irresistible desire to sample the legendary abandon of the era, they live together and apart. Gooch works briefly as a model in Milan, then returns to the city and discovers his vocation as a writer.
Brookner falls ill with a mysterious virus that soon has a terrifying name: AIDS. And the story, and life in the city, is suddenly overshadowed by this new plague that will ravage a generation and transform the creative world. Gooch charts the progress of Brookner through his illness, and writes unforgettably about endings: of a great talent, a passionate love affair, and an incandescent era.
Beautifully written, full of rich detail and poignant reflection, recalling a city and particular period and group of friends with affection and clarity, Smash Cut is an extraordinary memoir and an exquisite unflinching account of an epoch.
About Brad Gooch
Brad Gooch is the author of the acclaimed biographies City Poet and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, as well as other nonfiction and three novels. The recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He lives in New York City.
Find out more about Brad at his website.
Brad’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, April 7th: missris
Wednesday, April 8th: Freda’s Voice
Thursday, April 9th: Sophisticated Dorkiness
Monday, April 13th: Inner Workings of the Female Mind
Thursday, April 16th: In the Garden of Eva
Tuesday, April 21st: Bell, Book and Candle
Thursday, April 23rd: Bibliotica
Monday, April 27th: Reviews by Amos Lassen
Tuesday, April 28th: Conceptual Reception
Tuesday, April 28th: Raven Haired Girl
Wednesday, April 29th: Queerly Seen
Thursday, April 30th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Friday, May 1st: Thoughts on This ‘n That