An Emperor Norton Essay with Legs
If you consider yourself a friend of Emperor Norton but have yet to read and absorb Joel GAzis-SAx's masterful 1997 essay, "The Madness of Joshua Norton," please do yourself and everybody else a favor. Set aside 30 or 45 minutes; find a quiet space; and read — really read — GAzis-SAx's essay. (The essay is in three parts, on three pages; the link to the page for "the Second Part" is at the bottom of the page for "the First Part," and so on.)
You're not likely to encounter a more thoughtful or potent meditation on Emperor Norton and what he means than this.
Here's one of several great passages from the essay — a caveat that won't be losing its punch any time soon:
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