An Interview with Harold Norse, Part 1, Section 3– Saints and Self-Destruction

I ask Norse about his drive to write poetry.

He feels like a man without category.

He is not from the élite and he is not entirely of the poor.

He is not working class but he is not rich.

Norse was 53 in 1969, the year of the Stonewall Riots.

He was 60 when he published Carnivorous Saint and became
the poetic voice of the gay liberation movement.

Norse discusses recently published letters he received as a
young writer from W.H. Auden.

Auden advised Norse to accept the locked doors of the
literary world as a sign of his true calling in life as a saint.

Screenshot of an of W.H. Auden's letter to Harold Norse from the Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series in which Auden tells Harold Norse to accept locked doors ihn the literary world as a sign of his true callling as a saint
A section of W.H. Auden’s letter to Harold Norse from the Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series

When Norse speaks of a politically correct left, he means an academic
élite that restrains the use of a certain kind of language even when it’s
essential to the work.

Section 3 of the interview closes with a question of identify:

“It seems to me that you’re making more than a writer when you take
an illiterate and give him the ability to express himself with a self
conscious understanding of his real social and political position. That
is an extremely powerful thing to do and it can be devastating.”
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Interview with Harold Norse, Part 1 Section 3- Saints and Self Destruction

 

Scan of a typewritten note from Hal the Difficult to Rob the Impossible concerning a vast tureen of nearly finished chicken soup in the refrigerator
An interoffice memo left on the fridge one day.

An Interview with Harold Norse, Part 1 section 2:  The Pain of Becoming Literate

An Interview With Harold Norse, Part One, Section 1: The Art of Teaching
Header image is a flyer for a production of Bobby.  The figure is a shaman.

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‘Holiday’ for Sandy

 

I’ve spent the week quietly grieving the death of
a treasured sister I didn’t know.

I worried we’d died before resolving the pain that
made us run from each other.

I don’t know how to manage my illness and the pain of this grief.

So tomorrow, I begin intensive outpatient treatment at Kaiser.

I’ll blog about the experience as my concentration returns.

To my friends on WordPress and other social media, thank you for
your words of support: I treasure them.

To Sandy’s loved ones on Facebook, In Richmond Virginia
and elsewhere I offer this slide show made from the handful of
selfies and faded snapshots gathered from her collection.

I will revise this video as I find higher resolution photos.

I set it to ‘Holiday’ by the Bee Gees.

It was one of her favorite songs.

Sandra Sarah Goldstein – Dunaway;

I miss you.

 

Robert Oliver Goldstein, January 29, 2017

Robert Oliver Goldstein, January 29, 2017

“Holiday” by the Bee Gees

A Tribute to Kendall Person and The Neighborhood

An illustration made in Virtual Reality that depicts a male and a female avatar in formal attire dancing in a nighclub
An Illustration made in virtual reality.

My first post of 2017 is a tribute to Kendall Person and the healing power of community and collaboration.

Faith and a belief in one’s self worth is crucial to the recovery of someone with a serious mental health diagnosis.

I’ve discussed our cynical legal system that protects the rights of the mentally disabled by using our loss of judgement as an excuse to deny us treatment.

Truly integrating people with psychiatric disabilities into society means respecting us enough to grant us access to the resources we need to heal
and fulfill our lives as people.

To give us a chance to collaborate and contribute where we can.

In Kendall Person’s Neighborhood I was accepted and treated with respect
which restored my sense of self-worth as an artist.

The videos I’ve worked on with Kendall and The Neighborhood have both involved the use of Virtual Reality to make illustrations.

The first video I worked on with Kendall was about a couple named Jack and Belinda.

As Kendall envisioned them, Jack and Belinda had always loved each other but had never met.

An illustration made in Virtual Reality that depicts a male and a female avatar in casual attire dancing in a nighclub
The first incarnation of Jack and Belinda.

As the narrative evolved, Jack and Belinda are dead but Belinda doesn’t know.

An illustration made in Virtual Reality that depicts a male and a female avatar in formal attire dancing in a nighclub
Jack arrives to take Belinda up in a dance of ascension.

Jack arrives to take Belinda up in a dance of ascension.

I spent a week making textures and sets in virtual reality.

I shot hundreds of high-resolution stills of avatars in different costumes and skins as they danced and became Jack and Belinda.

I’d send Kendall a test video and he critiqued it.

We often disagreed, but learning how to intelligently argue a point of view is an essential life skill and crucial to successfully coping with a chronic mental illness.

People with mental illness often become passive out of fear of alienating friends and treatment providers.

I had never made a video and only did so because of Kendall’s faith me.

The result was a 1 minute video called Jack and Belinda, the Ascension.

A couple of weeks ago Kendall asked me to give a short statement for
December’s closing performance, a one night only live-stream on Facebook.

My contribution was a short video in which I describe how I evolved a
healthier sense of self by describing the work I did with Kendall.

Imagine the power of living in a community of equals who nurture the
best in each other.

For the video below I went back to the raw shoots and chose the shots I considered the best as illustrations.

RG 2016

Jack and Belinda created by Kendall Person
Photography and video by Rob Goldstein
(c) 2016
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President Elect Trump: Millions of People Voted Illegally

Millions Voted Illegally
Millions Voted Illegally

 

Today Trump says that ‘millions’ of people voted illegally.

Now is a great time to treat him like a ‘normal’ President elect.

I assume that the President elect has facts based on intelligence briefings
and that he is speaking the truth.

‘Millions’ of illegal votes suggest a criminal conspiracy to undermine the election.

It means the result of every race from the president to the house to the governor’s races is suspect and that to ensure the will of the people a national audit is imperative.

Mr. Trump is the incoming President and normal presidents don’t spout bullshit.

I therefore assume that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 elections and as a concerned citizen, I demand a national audit of the vote.

If you agree you can sign this petition:

 

 

 

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