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Brad Gooch (born January 31, 1952) is an American writer.

Born and raised in Kingston, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Columbia University with a bachelors in 1973 and a doctorate in 1986.

He is currently a Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He has lived in New York City since 1971.

His book Jailbait and Other Stories was selected by Donald Barthelme for a Pushcart Foundation Writer's Choice Award. His writing has appeared in the Paris Review, Partisan Review, Bomb, the New Republic, Harper's Bazaar, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Out, New York, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Nation, Travel + Leisure, and American Poetry Review.

His most acclaimed work is a biography of the poet Frank O'Hara, City Poet. His book, Finding the Boyfriend Within, calls for gay men to cultivate self-respect by cultivating an imaginary lover.

Brad Gooch, 1986, by Robert Giard
Brad Gooch is an American writer. His longtime partner was American film director Howard Brookner. He produced and directed the documentary Burroughs: the Movie about William S. Burroughs, Robert Wilson and the Civil Wars, and directed, co-produced and co-wrote Bloodhounds of Broadway. Gooch donated a print of Burroughs: the Movie to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). MoMA agreed to release the print on one occasion, so that the restoration team could create a digital master of it, before returning it to their archive for safety.
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (

Howard Brookner (April 30, 1954 – April 27, 1989) was an American film director. He produced and directed the documentary Burroughs: the Movie about William S. Burroughs (1983), Robert Wilson and the Civil Wars on theatre director Robert Wilson (1986), and directed, co-produced and co-wrote Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989). His longtime partner was novelist Brad Gooch. Gooch donated a print of Burroughs: the Movie to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) around the time Howard died. MoMA agreed to release the print on one occasion, so that the restoration team could create a digital master of it, before returning it to their archive for safety. (P: Paula Court, The estate of Howard Brookner. Howard Brookner, Paris, 1986)

Howard Brookner was born April 30, 1954 in New York City and grew up in Great Neck, Long Island. He studied at Exeter prep school, earned his B.A. from Columbia University in political science, and his M.A. in art history and film at New York University, where for his senior thesis he began what would go on to be the highly acclaimed feature documentary on William S. Burroughs. His film crew consisted of his NYU classmates Tom DiCillo (camera) and Jim Jarmusch (sound.)

Begun in 1978, Burroughs: the Movie was aired on BBC Arena and premiered at the 1983 New York Film Festival. Janet Maslin of the New York Times wrote: “The quality of discovery about ‘Burroughs’ was very much the director’s doing, and Mr. Brookner demonstrates an unusual degree of liveliness and curiosity in exploring his subject.”

Brookner followed up Burroughs: The Movie with a feature documentary on Robert Wilson, documenting Wilson's failed Civil Wars project, offering a closeness to the avant-garde theatre director similar to that in Burroughs: the Movie. Robert Wilson and the Civil Wars was released on public television in 1986.

In 1987 Brookner began production on the American Playhouse/Columbia Studios feature he had written and was directing, Bloodhounds of Broadway starring Madonna, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Grey, Rutger Hauer, and many other notable actors of the day.

Secretly, Brookner was battling AIDS, which became exacerbated when he decided to go off his AZT medication to have the strength to finish shooting. The New York Times wrote it "was a race against the clock" as Brookner was gravely ill while fighting the studio for final cut and holding readings for his next film Scary Kisses (with new acting talent that included Sean Penn and Tilda Swinton). Four months before the movie was to start, Mr. Brookner knew that he was ill. The only person he told about the swollen lymph glands and the fungus infection in his throat was the man he had lived with for eight years, Brad Gooch.

He died before Bloodhounds of Broadway was released and was buried on his thirty-fifth birthday, 1989. Surrounded by friends and family, he left this quote taped to his refrigerator door: “There’s so much beauty in the world. That’s what got me into trouble in the first place.”

In 2012 Howard Brookner's archive was discovered in a number of locations in both the United States and Europe. The collection included 16mm film, reel to reel and mag sound, cassette tapes, 8mm film, VHS, video 8, and personal documents including letters, photos and writings. Some of the material contained never before seen out-takes of Burroughs: the Movie, including those with Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Brian Jones and Brion Gysin. The material was all shot by and for Howard Brookner between the late 1970's and end of the 1980's.

On November 28, 2012 Howard Brookner's nephew Aaron Brookner launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance digital restoration of Howard Brookner's out of print film Burroughs: the Movie. The campaign was successful, gaining $21,360 from 283 backers, beating the initial goal of $20,000. The extra money raised during the campaign, not required for Burroughs: the Movie, was designated towards preserving and restoring Brookner’s wider archives.

The re-release of Burroughs: the Movie is due to coincide with celebrations of William S. Burroughs' one-hundredth birthday, in the year 2014.

Smash The Control Machine: Howard Brookner and the Western Lands is an upcoming feature documentary by director Aaron Brookner, nephew of Howard Brookner. The documentary follows Aaron's search for and restoration of Howard Brookner's archives including Burroughs: the Movie and Robert Wilson and the Civil Wars.

Simultaneously the film tells Howard Brookner’s story from his early filmmaking career at NYU, through his three completed features and up until his death in 1989. The film features contributions from numerous colleagues and friends of Howard’s and is Executive Produced by Jim Jarmusch.


Further Readings:

Finding the Boyfriend Within: A Practical Guide for Tapping into your own Scource of Love, Happiness, and Respect by Brad Gooch
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 7, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0743225309
ISBN-13: 978-0743225304
Amazon: Finding the Boyfriend Within: A Practical Guide for Tapping into your own Scource of Love, Happiness, and Respect

In the tradition of the perennial bestseller I'm OK, You're OK, noted author Brad Gooch offers single and coupled gay men a provocative, sophisticated, and inspirational guide that addresses the big issues of love, romance, and being alone. Part memoir, part self-help, Finding the Boyfriend Within is a remarkably practical and helpful guide in the quest for self-discovery for the thousands of gay men who despair of ever being in a committed relationship.

Filled with anecdotes, romantic advice, problem-solving suggestions, and humor -- as well as wisdom from both the East and West -- Finding the Boyfriend Within offers simple self-awareness exercises to help discover the respect, happiness, and love that come first, and most enduringly, from within.

Bloodhounds Of Broadway (1989)
Matt Dillon, Madonna
1 hour 28 minutes 
Amazon: Bloodhounds Of Broadway

Matt Dillon, Jennifer Grey, Julie Hagerty, Rutger Hauer, Madonna, Esai Morales, Anita Morris and Randy Quaid make the '20s roar all over again in the sparkling romantic comedy, BLOODHOUNDS OF BROADWAY, based on four short stories by Damon Runyon.

More Particular Voices at my website:, My Ramblings/Particular Voices

Brad Gooch

Date: 2012-01-31 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mykola mick dementiuk (from
In the early 1990's I was Brad Gooch's house cleaner when he lived on 8th Avenue and the upper 30's. Was a thrill to be in a real writer's house and cleaning up his debris, a room where he kept his computer and scraps of paper, but I would do the rest of the apartment too. At the time I was working on my own novel, "Holy Communion," which won the Lambda Award some years later. Interesting, though he was a very good looking man, never once did he make a move on me, perhaps I wasn't as good looking as I pretended to be. Oh well, haha! Brad Gooch was a very nice man, which I'm sure he still is.

Re: Brad Gooch

Date: 2012-01-31 12:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
he is a cutie in that 1986's photo, I'm sure he still is.


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