Malcolm Brenner (writer)

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Malcolm J. Brenner
Malcolm Brenner in San Francisco circa 2005
Malcolm Brenner in San Francisco circa 2005
Born(1951-05-09)9 May 1951
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
OccupationNovelist, journalist
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
EducationB.A. Communications
Alma materNew College of Florida[1]
Notable worksWet Goddess

Malcolm J. Brenner (born 9 May 1951) is an American author, journalist, and zoophile;[2] He is best known for his controversial novel Wet Goddess (2009), about a love affair between a college student and a bottlenose dolphin in the 1970s. As a journalist, he has covered local news in New Mexico and Florida since the early 1990s.

Career in journalism[edit]

In the 1990s, Brenner worked as an investigative reporter covering the Navajo Nation and surrounding area. A 1998 article on the American Indian Movement (AIM) and Russell Means which Brenner wrote for the Gallup Independent is featured on the AIM website.[3]

From 1992 to 1994, Brenner worked at the Farmington Daily Times. After being terminated, Brenner filed a federal lawsuit claiming that he had been terminated for practicing Wicca.[4]

Wet Goddess[edit]

Since 2010, Brenner has gained international notoriety for his novel, Wet Goddess.[5][6] The novel details several months in the life of fictional college student Zachary Zimmerman, in which the protagonist meets a dolphin named Ruby at a local theme park and falls in love with her.[7] Brenner claims the book is autobiographical, and based on a series of events that happened to him in the 1970s. In an article in the Huffington Post, Brenner said: "I wrote this book for dolphins because we are mistreating these animals by keeping them in captivity."[8]

Zoophile[edit]

Brenner claims to have had sex with a female dolphin named Dolly[9] in the 1970s. He is a zoophile activist.[10]

Works[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 1992 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: First Place, Investigative
  • 1993 – New Mexico Press Association: Second Place, Columns
  • 1994 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: First Place, Columns
  • 1995 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: Best of Show and First Place, Investigative
  • 1996 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: First Place, Investigative
  • 1996 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: First place, Spot News Photo
  • 1998 – New Mexico Press Association: First Place, News Writing
  • 1998 – New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Awards: First Place, Columns
  • 2004 – Florida Society of Newspaper Editors: Honorable Mention[15]
  • 2004 – National Newspaper Association: Best Business Story
  • 2004 – National Newspaper Association: Honorable Mention, Best Breaking News Story

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2020-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2020-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Attachment 1 – AIM seeks distance from Russell Means". Archived from the original on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  4. ^ Bill Papich, "Neo-Pagan Sues Farmington Paper.(New Mexico)", Highbeam Business, June 11, 1997
  5. ^ David Farrier, "Dolphin man Malcolm Brenner follow-up Q&A" Archived 2012-01-13 at the Wayback Machine, 3 News, September 23, 2011
  6. ^ Maureen O'Connor, "Man's Dolphin Sex Memoir Suddenly Very Popular" Archived 2012-01-30 at the Wayback Machine, Gawker, September 23, 2011
  7. ^ Annalee Newitz, "Human-Meets-Dolphin Love Story Takes You Where Avatar Won't" Archived 2012-06-21 at the Wayback Machine, io9, January 14, 2010
  8. ^ Simon McCormack, "Malcolm Brenner Chronicles His Sexual Relationship With Dolphin In 'Wet Goddess'" Archived 2017-10-07 at the Wayback Machine, Huffington Post, September 23, 2011
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-04-13. Retrieved 2020-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2020-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ ""Future Life: The Entire Run"". Archived from the original on 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  12. ^ "The Witchcraft Today Series". Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  13. ^ ""Articles & Images of Note"". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  14. ^ Harbor Style 2011 Home & Garden Issue
  15. ^ "FSNE 2004 Newspaper Competition Winners". Archived from the original on 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2012-04-05.