This is my third post based on a Spoken Word performance with Harold Norse in 1986.
Click here for one and here for two.
This time Harold Norse Reads ‘I Am Not a Man’ and I read part of a monologue by ‘Bobby’ called The Scorpio Club.
Both pieces take up questions of masculinity.
‘I am not a man’ is 1970s gay liberation merged with the peace movement
The Scorpio Club is about a frustrated group of boys who want to be men in a culture that says they’re sick and deserve to die.
They turn their anger on Charleston’s formidable drag queens.
I Am Not a Man by Harold Norse
The Scorpio Club by Rob Goldstein
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Oh Very Young – Cat Stevens
More cuts from the 1986 reading with Harold Norse at
San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center.
In this post Norse reads, ‘You Must Have Been a Sensational Baby’ .
I owe these performance tapes to my best friend, Kit.
Kit showed up and recorded all of my performances, even when he
I’ll Be Seeing You – In Memory of Kit –
The sketch of Norse is a scan of the inside cover of my copy of his
collected poems, Carnivorous Saint.
I describe the night I bought Carnivorous Saint in a post I wrote
about Norse for Pride Week 2016.
Heroes of the Revolution: Harold Norse
You Must have Been a Sensational Baby
In 1986 I had theatrical monologue named Bobby
in local production.
I didn’t know then that Bobby is a dissociative alternate.
I recall when I performed sections of the monologue Bobby took
over but I considered it getting in character.
In 1986, I gave a joint reading with Harold Norse at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center in San Francisco.
The reading was Harold’s way of validating my work as a student.
That night Harold had a touch of laryngitis.
He brought a tape of his reading his translations of Gioachino Belli and
used it when his voice tired.
That part of Harold’s taped reading of Belli and my performance of
section seven of ‘Bobby’ are in this post.
I’ve also included my opening which was a reading from OttoKernberg’s Borderline Conditions and Pathological Narcissism.
I used to illustrate the way the academic language of psychiatry targets gay
To provide context, in 1986 being a gay identified writer was a radical act, more so because the AIDS epidemic had caused a backlash that had not peaked.
Harold Norse reads from his translations of Gioachino Belli
Rob Goldstein reads from Otto Kernberg’s Borderline Conditions and Pathological Narcissism.
Rob Goldstein reads section seven of Bobby, The Summerville Lights
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