Harold Norse and Rob Goldstein: The Jewish Community Center, 1986

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 which I used to
illustrate  the way academic language is used to oppress gay men.

To provide context, in 1986 being a gay identified writer was still a radical act, more so because  the AIDS epidemic had caused a backlash and had not yet 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

A scan of the slyer and announcement for a 1986 joint reading of Harold Norse and Rob Goldstein

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