Paul Goodman (1911 - 1972)- Gay Jewish Jeffersonian Anarchist

     Where would you anthologize the work of a jewish poet and novelist with a literature PhD who was married with children and openly and unabashedly queer in the 1940s and who went on to co-found Gestalt Therapy and practice as a psychotherapist until he wrote one of the most influential works of social criticism for the Student Left of the 1960s (which skips over his books on philosophical aesthetics, education reform, and city planning)? Was he an artist, an academic, a therapist, or a political pamphleteer? It’s easy to imagine someone wearing two of those hats, but all four feels excessive, dilettantish, a criticism that would haunt Goodman throughout his career.

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