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ISBN: 0399134107
Author: Brad Gooch
Language: English
Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (September 29, 1988)
Pages: 270
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 150
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Brad Gooch is the author of two other novels, Zombie 00 and The Golden Age of Promiscuity, as well as City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara, Finding the Boyfriend Within, and most recently, Godtalk

This novel was a cult hit when it debuted in 1988. Todd and his girlfriend, Lucy, get sucked into the nihilistic club scene of the 1980s after Todd becomes a top model. Brad Gooch is the author of two other novels, Zombie 00 and The Golden Age of Promiscuity, as well as City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara, Finding the Boyfriend Within, and most recently, Godtalk. He is professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey and writes for Travel + Leisure, Harper's Bazaar, The New Republic, and Vanity Fair.

Brad Gooch is the author of two other novels, Zombie 00 and The Golden Age of Promiscuity, as well as City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara, Finding the Boyfriend Within, and most recently, Godtalk.

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Bradley Gooch, American writer, literature professor. Recipient Furthermore grant in publication, . Kaplan Fund, National Endowment for Humanities fellowship; fellow John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2004; Presidential fellow, Columbia University, 1977-1978, 1980-1981. Scary Kisses ) From the lost generation of Andy Warhol's New York to the cocaine-fueled runways of the top fashion houses of Paris and Milan, Scary Kisses.

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Offers a voyeuristic, provocative look inside the world of male modeling, documenting the decadent, seductive nightlife of 1980s New York, Paris, and Milan and the fast-track lifestyle of drug abuse, sexual perversity, and cynicism

Comments:

Kefrannan
Slaughterhouse-Five is my favorite novel but Scary Kisses is a more delicious read because I would not want to copulate with Billy Pilgrim. I would lick Todd and Lucy and maybe even Frank from head to toe. Lucy and Todd are my favorite literary couple. The way they love each other makes my idiot heart sing. I'm always buying this book for potential lovers but the wheel of fortune does not spin in my favor. My potential lovers disregard Scary Kisses and we don't hook up, after all. Still. I dream.
SING
I love that snazzily sizzling novel, "Scary Kisses", Brad Gooch's early sortie into writing fiction and getting it published. It seems to me to be "high camp", making much ado, with tongue in cheek, about the fashion world. Certainly Todd, the central male character, initially allows too much of his self-value to depend upon his ability to please the eye physically as he dresses up in fancy duds. He craves fame, even if it is in what for most of the public is the domain of seldom named, semi-anonymous (albeit attractive) fashion models. Todd pleases even more when he is buck-naked or very nearly so, variously; indeed, he finds that the "fashionistas" themselves best like him totally undressed!

Gooch depicts Todd's sexual ambiguity and longings very touchinginly, albeit through his rather dry-eyed approach to such matters of the heart. Todd craves Frank, the guy who faciliates Todd's initial break into fashion modelling and who finally seduces and sexually penetrates Todd as the lad blissfully climaxes too, Todd simultaneously spurting his generative and genital love-juices onto the bedding beneath him. Alas, Todd never succeeds in making Frank his lover, or even his steady boyfriend. Despite his fixation on Frank, Todd also sustains his on-again, off-again strong relationship, on all levels, with Lucy (and Frank, much to Todd's chagrin, for a time also has a liaison with her), Lucy having been Todd's girlfriend since their college days together.

The trite fashion-chatter and the punchy phrasing help to summon up the high-energy but rather ruthlessly cynical world in which Todd has elected, for a time, to live and move in, and which, at the end of the novel, he abandons. Gooch's staccato prose is not a failure of style, by any means. Critics of the book so often miss the whole point of this use of the language! In truth, the literary style that Gooch chooses for this book masterfully fits the subject.

I have read and re-read this book in whole or in part numerous times. I even have followed Todd's scrap-booking hobby (in my own playful way rather than as Todd does so with artistic aims) by cutting out images from various places (mostly from magasines and commercial flyers), then finding a place in the book's action to glue onto blank page space, or to "tip in" yet others between pages, adding narrative detail on typed slips, which I fit into the available space, as captions, between the published text and the images which I add. These additions "read between the lines" (really or mockingly) to expand upon the story and its characters, including coming up with whole new narratives about these persons, their foibles, sexiness, character, sexual liaisons (including a lot that I invent which author Gooch does not recount!), even for those only mentioned briefly in passing in the book. Fun! And reading the book as Gooch himself wrote it is fun, too!
Falya
Brad Gooch's 1988 novel SCARY KISSES is a chronicle of the career of model Todd from his "discovery" through his ensuing season as "the new face" in Milan, Paris, and New York. Balancing his career timeline is the trajectory of Todd's relationship with his on-again off-again girlfriend Lucy as well as fellow model/friend/rival Frank. This book is well written - it's sexy and smart and truly soars at various points. However, the structure of SCARY KISSES is a sort of mosaic with scenes coming together to form a novel, and this works to undermine the book on numerous occasions. Frequently this form seemed disjointed and jumbled with satellite plot designs leading nowhere and contributing little to the overall book. SCARY KISSES has value and Gooch's writing is good...but it's very design undermines the dramatic thrust this novel needs and tries to attain near the end. The result is a mixed bag.
Геракл
I love that snazzily sizzling novel, "Scary Kisses", Brad Gooch's early sortie into writing fiction and getting it published. It seems to me to be "high camp", making much ado, with tongue in cheek, about the fashion world. Certainly Todd, the central male character, initially allows too much of his self-value to depend upon his ability to please the eye physically as he dresses up in fancy duds. He craves fame, even if it is in what for most of the public is the domain of seldom named, semi-anonymous (albeit attractive) fashion models. Todd pleases even more when he is buck-naked or very nearly so, variously; indeed, he finds that the "fashionistas" themselves best like him totally undressed!

Gooch depicts Todd's sexual ambiguity and longings very touchinginly, albeit through his rather dry-eyed approach to such matters of the heart. Todd craves Frank, the guy who faciliates Todd's initial break into fashion modelling and who finally seduces and sexually penetrates Todd as the lad blissfully climaxes too, Todd simultaneously spurting his generative and genital love-juices onto the bedding beneath him. Alas, Todd never succeeds in making Frank his lover, or even his steady boyfriend. Despite his fixation on Frank, Todd also sustains his on-again, off-again strong relationship, on all levels, with Lucy (and Frank, much to Todd's chagrin, for a time also has a liaison with her), Lucy having been Todd's girlfriend since their college days together.

The trite fashion-chatter and the punchy phrasing help to summon up the high-energy but rather ruthlessly cynical world in which Todd has elected, for a time, to live and move in, and which, at the end of the novel, he abandons. Gooch's staccato prose is not a failure of style, by any means. Critics of the book so often miss the whole point of this use of the language! In truth, the literary style that Gooch chooses for this book masterfully fits the subject.

I have read and re-read this book in whole or in part numerous times. I even have followed Todd's scrap-booking hobby (in my own playful way rather than as Todd does so with artistic aims) by cutting out images from various places (mostly from magasines and commercial flyers), then finding a place in the book's action to glue onto blank page space, or to "tip in" yet others between pages, adding narrative detail on typed slips, which I fit into the available space, as captions, between the published text and the images which I add. These additions "read between the lines" (really or mockingly) to expand upon the story and its characters, including coming up with whole new narratives about these persons, their foibles, sexiness, character, sexual liaisons (including a lot that I invent which author Gooch does not recount!), even for those only mentioned briefly in passing in the book. Fun! And reading the book as Gooch himself wrote it is fun, too!

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