So enthusiastic was the response to the book that Gooch began conducting workshops and, in the process, conceived Dating the Greek Gods as both a follow-up and a companion to the earlier book -- a self-help book designed as a sort of "advanced class" for readers of Finding the Boyfriend Within.
Because of the conflicted reaction many gay men have to any discussion of religious spirituality, Gooch hit upon the idea of drawing on an older spiritual base -- that of Ancient Greece -- for examining and explaining his approach to achieving a higher understanding of self through spirituality.
The author describes the gods and their beliefs, and offers a few themed exercises for each.
Erotic exercise #4, for example, has readers: "List your current crushes.
Greek mythology has played a pivotal role in the development of modern studies of mythology, psychology, and philology, and it continues to be a part of the heritage and language of the global community.One of them came to Libya, where the Oracle of Ammon-Zeus was founded, and the other came to Dodona, where the age-old sanctuary of Mother Earth stood.Having landed on the oak tree, the dove spoke out in human voice and said that this was link spot where the oracle of Zeus should be built.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. .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.FLANNERY: A LIFE OF FLANNERY O’CONNOR “O'Connor lives and breathes--and spits fire--in Brad Gooch's portrait.” – SCARY KISSES "No one else has written a book this literate and witty about the modeling world." –Bret Easton Ellis ZOMBIE00 "Truly great. " –San Francisco Chronicle 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.Brad Gooch is the author of Finding the Boyfriend Within, Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America, and the acclaimed biography of Frank O'Hara, City Poet, as well as the novels The Golden Age of Promiscuity and Scary Kisses.His poems, stories, and articles have appeared in The Nation, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, Out, and many other periodicals. While all cultures throughout the world have their own myths, the term mythology itself is a Greek coinage, having a specialized meaning within classical Greek culture.Specifically, the Greek term mythologia is a compound of two smaller words: Prometheus (Gustave Moreau, 1868)—The myth of Prometheus was first attested by Hesiodus and then constituted the basis for a tragic trilogy of plays, possibly by Aeschylus, consisting of Prometheus Bound, Prometheus Unbound and Prometheus Pyrphoros The Greek myths are known today primarily from Greek literature.Rather, Gooch (Finding the Boyfriend Within) holds that self-examination and study of Greek wisdom can have an effect on the whole self-and that a better social life is a happy by-product.After an introduction that attempts to explain the relationship between the Greek gods and gay dating, the book launches into seven chapters; six examine the traits and lessons of particular gods-Apollo, Dionysus, Hermes, Hephaestus, Eros and Zeus-and one looks at the wisdom of Socrates.