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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.

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





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.


    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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