Shaken is a monologue that was originally exhibited as part of Better social realism at CANADA in 2004. Like my other monologues it is based on a repetitive and seemingly solipsistic investigation of my perceptions and habits of expression. Over the course of the monologue a particular subject comes into focus and gradually the self-criticality within the discourse rises to the point that I am no longer talking about myself at all.
Unlike What a black man feels like, the subject of Shaken is not racial perception but the dynamics of attraction and rejection between people and the possibility of change.

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Tom Johnson

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