Writing

New Work

12th and Race Twelfth and Race
a novel
Twelfth and Race was published on March 1, 2012 by the University of Nebraska Press, as part of the prestigious literary series, Flyover Fiction.

Read more about Twelfth and Race.

Read about Twelfth and Race on the publisher’s website.

Listen to Eric’s Feb. 19, 2012 NPR interview.

Novels

Child of My Right Hand
Sourcebooks, 2004
Read the Prologue.
Awards: Silver Book of the Year Award in 2004 for Best Gay/Lesbian Fiction from Foreward Magazine.
Here’s the link to Child of My Right Hand at Amazon.com.
In Days of Awe
Knopf, 1991
From Publishers Weekly: “readers will enjoy this introspective yet briskly paced novel that never takes itself too seriously.”
The Publishers Weekly passage in its entirity, plus an opportunity to buy the book, at Amazon.com
The First Time I Saw Jenny Hall
William Morrow & Co, 1983
“Eric K. Goodman is an extraordinary writer who has an extensive musical background, both classical and popular. He has traveled with groups and bands and as a result of his experience, he probably knows more about the whole rock scene than anybody else—and writes about it more effectively than anything I have read in the last fifteen years.”

—John Hammond, the legendary rock impresario who signed both Dylan and Springsteen to their first contracts for Columbia Records.
High on the Energy Bridge
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Publishers, 1980
“Credit Goodman with high marks for originality and a vivacious imagination in his quirky first novel…a zany screwball comedy with Humphrey and Susan as very appealing characters.”

Publishers Weekly

Travel Journalism

I’ve been writing about international travel, food, culture, and now, golf! since 1985, when I lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Ubud, Bali for the year. I was the first American journalist to publish a feature about the as-yet unknown-to-the-West Thai tourist island of Phuket. I’ve since been back to Southeast Asia more than a dozen times, and have published more than 100 such articles in publications including Travel & Leisure GQ, Saveur, Travel & Leisure Golf, Los Angeles Times Traveling in Style, Departures, Buzz, California and many others.

Song Writing

Eric began writing rock and roll lyrics in the 1970s, working with Kevin Kane at Yale, and later, in the early 1980s, with Jim Zimmerman in New York City. The work with Jim Zimmerman—they were introduced by legendary rock impresario John Hammond—culminated in the “sound track” for Eric’s second novel, The First Time I Saw Jenny Hall. The part of Jenny Hall was sung by Patti Scialfa, at that time a back-up singer for South Side Johnnie, and soon to be the wife and back-up singer to Bruce Springsteen.

Eric’s current songwriting collaboration with Kevin Kane can be heard on the Kevin Kane Band’s 2010 CD, Saturday Night Coffee, and the just-released EP, Get America Working. Both can be purchased on i-Tunes, or at the Kevin Kane Band website.

Here are lyrics for the rock songs and videos you can listen to and watch by clicking below:

Ain’t Dead Yet

Words and Music By Eric Goodman and Kevin Kane

Saw a red-headed woman
At old Murphy’s Bar
Crossed to her table, said
“Baby, here you are.

I remember your face
It’s your name I forget.”
She said, “You must be kidding
Ain’t you dead yet?”

Well, I ain’t dead yet
Don’t plan to be
I ain’t dead yet

CHORUS

Got some good years in me.
Well, I ain’t dead yet
Some say I should be
Well, I ain’t dead yet
They can kiss you know what
Part of me.

Well, I broke some hearts
Baby, one, two three
And there’re been some women
Did the same for me

I could of lived better
I got some regrets
What I like best
Is that I ain’t dead yet

CHORUS

Now it’s getting real late
Bout a quarter till three
That redheaded woman’s
Making eyes at me.

She crossed to my table
Breathed down my neck
“The key to your appeal
is you ain’t dead yet.”

CHORUS


Get America Working

Words and Music by Eric Goodman and Kevin Kane

Shanghai towers rising
The beast from the East
Sao Paolo shimmers,
All that new heat
Our leaders compete
To accomplish the least
Posing for pictures
While our problems increase.

Twentieth Century’s over
We’re stuck in a rut
Get America working
America working
Get America working
Our kids are so fucked.

Bankers don’t care,
They got offshore accounts
Stuffed with bonus money,
they sure know how to count
A jobless recovery,
what’s up with that?
We’re losing our asses,
they’re getting so fat.

Twentieth Century’s over
We’re stuck in a rut
Get America working
America working
Get America working
Our kids are so fucked.

My son works in China,
They’re no jobs at home
My brother’s laid off,
He’s behind on his loan
The future looks bleak,
But remember that we
Love to work hard
And we want to stay free.

Twentieth Century’s over
we’re stuck in a rut
Get America working,
America working
Get America working
Our kids are so fucked.

Twentieth Century’s over
we’re stuck in a rut
Get America working,
America working
Get America working
Our kids are so fucked.

America working
America working
America working.
America working.
Our kids are so fucked.