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Stephanie

I’ve blogged about the weird experience of finding journals
written by different alternates in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Journals I have no memory of writing.

I’ve recently found a box of audio taped spoken word
performances by Rob Goldstein from the 1980’s.

I know intellectually that I am Rob Goldstein but it’s
the estrangement from that part of myself that makes
listening to these tapes so weird.

I stared at them for six weeks before I ordered
a cassette to mp3 converter.

It took another two weeks for me to use the damned thing.

I listened to a few of the tapes today and I’m shocked.

I have no memory of these readings.

In fact, I have no hard copies of some of the writing I
performed as Rob Goldstein.

Here’s a a short piece named ‘Stephanie’ from a public reading in 1984.

I was in my late 20’s.

This story about Stephanie may be true.

Stephanie
Written and performed by Rob Goldstein
(c) Rob Goldstein 2016 all rights reserved

 

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16 thoughts on “Stephanie

  1. These must be like “found treasure” for you. It’s amazing that you don’t remember doing these. You were really good at it…a very compelling voice and a great storyteller. 💖 Have fun exploring these, and thanks for sharing them with us.

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    1. Thank you, Josh. I wa nervous that night because it was my first professional gig and my mentor was in the audience. I’m working on a clip from a performance 2 years later and there is a noticeable difference in quality.

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    1. Yes…but also exciting. The tapes are from 1984 through 1992 and I can hear the writing and the confidence in performance evolve. It’s odd to known that the person on these tapes is me and to wonder how I ever had the ability to stand in front of an audience and perform.

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