I moved in with Norse in 1984 and spent my days writing and studying
film and literature.
Norse was drafting his memoirs.
We lived in a creative stew under the strain of the most devastating years
of the AIDS epidemic.
We both had good reason to think our lives would soon be over.
The pressure I placed on myself brought on the symptoms of florid DID.
My alternates were coming out and writing and Harold was responding
to them as ‘characters’.
In the 1992 interview, I describe the emotional pain of becoming
I asked Norse if that was difficult for him.
“Every day was difficult.” he said, “It was the most difficult period
of my life.”
“Why did you do it?”
“What a question! “ Norse laughed and paused, “I almost never
“I think it’s a fascinating question.”
“It is,” Norse replied. “It is. It’s one of the few that’s ever
stopped me cold.”
Part two of the interview picks up where part one ends.
An Interview with Harold Norse, Part Two: The Pain of Becoming Literate
Photo of Rog Goldstein cropped from the original photo
by Nina Glaser taken May of 1985. I have no idea who
those other people are. I’m the guy in the middle.
Interview with Harold Norse (c) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved