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 the academic language of psychiatry targets gay men.
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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