The End of Being Known: A Memoir (Living Out: Gay and by Michael Klein

By Michael Klein

Written in poet Michael Klein's uniquely passionate voice, the tip of Being identified explores the strains that outline but additionally blur the limits of intercourse, friendship, and compatibility. This number of autobiographical essays probes the manifestations of sexual hope in its mystical style: incest, falling in love, being a dual, and inhabiting the realm of nameless sex-in perform, and, in an essay concerning the physique electrical movement-as anything recuperative and renewing. each one essay unfurls in a hybrid of poetry, narrative, and fragmentary literary units. here's an uncompromising gaze upon the quandaries of these whose sexual, emotional, and relational worlds collide, yielding no resolution to the riddle of hope.

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Packaging has always been my problem. Nobody knows how to label the box that has me inside it. Because I could never tell exactly what set me apart in the niche sea of voice-over voices, I kept complaining to my agent about not booking work, and she kept telling me it could take five years to really get a career started. It’s an audition business—a harried string of appointed times that rules over any actual work. I didn’t do a good audition. I wanted people to know I had a famous voice without selling them a famous voice.

We didn’t keep a lot of company. We kept money in the kitchen. We stayed off the subculture and out of the pride parades. We weren’t proud that we were gay, just happy about it, happy to have met. I met him in the theater district, in a bar, and then the next week I went to see him at the restaurant where he worked. I was sitting at a table and Richard came out with a tablecloth. He threw the tablecloth over my head and starting setting the table on my head. Then I loved him. I was going to be a dancer, which is what I was doing in the theater district.

A twin joins the world outside his twin world the moment English takes over and the made-up language falls away like a veil between the two dancers. Still, even in English, the twins know that it was that first language that set a tone. They know that the sound they made was filling up the loneliness of being different. Because I sound like Captain Hook (according to the writer Allan Gurganus), I tried doing voice-overs for a few years but nobody really knew how to cast me. I wasn’t a hard seller.

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