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Spalding Gray

Spalding Rockwell Gray (June 5, 1941 – ca. January 11, 2004) was an American actor and writer. He was primarily known for the autobiographical monologues that he wrote and performed for the theater in the 1980s and 1990s.

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The Catastrophe. Oliver Sacks on Spalding Gray's brain injury. Some are rehearsed for years. v…
I may look like an American WASPy doctor or lawyer, but I feel just li...
Skiing is better than sex actually, because for me a good round of sex...
One day I'll set this experience to words in the manner of Spalding Gray.
At the end of the day, we're all storytellers. And when I say "we," I'm referring specifically to the late Spalding Gray.
I understood once I held a baby in my arms, why some people have the n...
What's so fascinating about New Yorkers is that each person has a whol...
To my mind you can't get a better evening's entertainment than the monologues of Spalding Gray.
I'm the man who sits behind a table and tells true stories from his li...
I say that I can't make anything up. I think of myself as a collage ar...
The monologist Spalding Gray plays one of the slave-buying oil sheiks.
is worth it, if only for Spalding Gray's performances. I've also found a bunch of comedy I wouldn't think to buy. Treasure trove.
Cool--looking forward to it. Also can't wait to see your Spalding Gray show!
Spalding Gray interviewed the Dalai Lama. "I have a tendency to want to drink alcohol."
When I first came to New York City in 1967, I joined up with Richard S...
Oh no! I'm youtubing Spalding Gray, if you don't hear from me by 3 am send someone in an argyle sweater.
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Radio allowed me to be a creator, and TV stole that creation from me b...
If I can make people laugh it's like being a good lover.
never forget that Sherwin Williams has a color called Spalding Gray
I had been wondering about Spalding Gray and if they had figured out what happened to him.
⭐️ • ArtsBeat: Tim Etchells Wins Award in Honor of Spalding Gray: Mr. Etchells is the artistic direct...
Spalding Gray, Louis Malle, others solved the no resources problem, famously. "Make it happen!
What jogging with Spalding Gray, Clay Felker and George Balanchine taught about life.
Here is Spalding Gray doing a joke about Texas…and Wyoming. From David Byrne’s fun movie about small towns.
MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, all the Spalding Gray movies, LOCKE, etc.
...As a monologue is right up there with anything Spalding Gray, Eric Bogosian and John Leguzamo have done...
hey man would you be interested in reading a draft of an essay i'm writing about Spalding Gray?
Couldn't live in America and wasn't ready for Europe so I moved to an island off the coast: NYC. - Spalding Gray
Not exactly academic, but 'The Journals of Spalding Gray' and the film about him 'And everything is going fine' speak volumes.
I could listen to Spalding Gray drone on and on about anything. That said Gray's Anatomy was not as satisfying as Swimming to Cambodia
More Spalding Gray, now the classic Swimming to Cambodia
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Spalding Gray doc screening and Kathie Russo Q&A starts at 8:30pm tonight – watch with us!
Watch Spalding Gray doc followed by Q&A with his widow Kathy Russo TONIGHT at 8:30 p.m.
Kathy Russo, widow of Spalding Gray, on efforts to help her husband and why he was a unique doctor and frien…
love connecting to artists I admire. Reminds me of Spalding Gray introducing himself 2 me when I lived in soho.
Hear rare, original monologues from Spalding Gray on “Spalding Gray: Great Live Performances.” Listen on Howl at
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We are thrilled to present original recordings from an American treasure on “Spalding Gray: Great Live Performances”
"I refer to jet lag as jet-psychosis-there's an old saying that the spirit cannot move faster than a camel" - Spalding Gray
A good way of remembering Oliver Sacks: his piece on Spalding Gray.
My thoughts on brain injury, mental state, and Spalding Gray's final months in this week's
Bliss - Lance Young: Craig Sheffer, Sheryl Lee, Terence Stamp and Spalding Gray star in this audaciously hones...
Saw George Winston and Spalding Gray there. Great place for a show.
We have new, very rare reward for our backers that features the late Spalding Gray. Back us to find out what it is:
I have to give you props. Spalding Gray...Killing Fields...Dorian Gray...and it all comes full circle. Well done!
George Harrison and Spalding Gray come thru and give a very entertaining read on the nature of "Unconditional Love". Positively CAPTIVATING! We just LOVE these two.
As Spalding Gray says in Swimming to Cambodia, "Take what you have learned here back to Krumville."
"It's very hard for me not to tell everybody everything.". --Spalding Gray.
Looks like Buress performs at Folly in KC. I saw Morphine and Spalding Gray there.
Spalding Gray, man, wish you were still here.
adding The Western Coast by Paula Fox & Impossible Vacation by Spalding Gray to my amazon wishlist. Thx!
Walking up Mott street in the rain, a small, slender, white-haired man smiled at me and he looked so much like Spalding Gray I had tears...
ES, Spalding Gray, Penelope Ann Miller: Our Town: one of the best theater things of my life.
I see [my pen] as an extension of my musculature…. It’s the closest I can get to my breath. SPALDING GRAY
Oh jeez. Not Robin Williams gone. I'm still torn up about Spalding Gray.
Having cinematic, recorded versions of Anna Deavere Smith, Spalding Gray and John Leguizamo's work has been huge for me.
In the wake of the death of I recall the suicide of that great raconteur Spalding Gray genius and life sit uneasily together
Tonight I'm reading Spalding Gray. Hope I don't get too depressed. :-/
I have to mention Spalding Gray who disappeared into his monster & washed ashore. Saw his stuff just 2 years before
I wish I could have shared stories with Spalding Gray. Another major, formative influence, who left the party in a hurry.
I didn't know Robin Williams personally, he was some I had hoped to meet. I did know Spalding Gray personally. He...
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10 years ago, Tooker Gomberg & Spalding Gray. A year before that Elliott Smith. . Depression kills. And robs humanity of some of its best.
It was equally a tragedy with Spalding Gray, but at least you could see it coming in his case. I'm just stunned by latest news.
Good for commit Ray Spalding getting that 5th star from Worked his tail off this summer and earned …
I wrote about Soderbergh's Gray's Anatomy.. the film with Spalding Gray... suddenly a Greys Anatomy fan a/c starts following me
That headline really reminds me of Spalding Gray character in "The Paper"--editor at "NY York Herald.".
Loved Every Brilliant Thing Don't forget to add the late Spalding Gray to the list!!
I read ur 1988 Our Town review after falling into an Our Town Sinkhole on YouTube. Do you still feel Spalding Gray ws miscast?
the late great Spalding Gray one of my favs
Interviewed Spalding Gray when I was a college newspaper reporter. Great guy, great (and cagey) interview.
Such a wonderful film. Makes me miss Spalding Gray.
Visit on Sunday to read John Bloner, Jr.'s exploration of Spalding Gray's theatre performance of "Monster In A Box."
I know too much about Spalding Gray.
Spalding Gray taught me the difference when I was 18/19? Or so. When Harvard was researching his technique of self-reflecting writing/improv
Finally caught disc of And Everything Is Going Fine, doc on the late Spalding Gray. Further proof of greatness of
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If someone ever spontaneously says to me that I remind them of Spalding Gray, I will be happy forever. Probably.
Diving back into some Spalding Gray. A classic and a master of simple storytelling.
Ever written a fan letter to someone before? I've written to writers-- Ian Frazier, Spalding Gray, Mary Gordon.
It'll get out there one day. Maybe a Spalding Gray like mono
Early recordings show how performance artist Spalding Gray developed his signature personal monologue.
Gore Vidal. Bob Dylan. Spalding Gray. Sam Shepard. Bill Lederer. John Ritter. Changed my life. (In real life.)
For the record, everybody not in Nova Scotia tonight missed Daniel MacIvor and Max Johnson sharing the stage in a show about Spalding Gray
"I'm a Spalding Gray in a Rick Dees world"
Spalding Gray once spoke about the "perfect moment". He talked about it in the context of a trip he…
This day in 1997: Spalding Gray’s one-man show, "It's a Slippery Slope," closed at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
"BIOGRAYPH: WHY THEATRE? WHY SUICIDE?" Save the dates, if you're somewhat interested and not otherwise engaged: this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (January 9th, 10th, and 11th) @ 7:30pm. Free! 3324 SE Waverleigh Blvd. (one block north of Powell off of 33rd). It's the story of the life and times of me and my friend Spalding Gray, an actor during the years 1960-2004. Starring me and a desk and a notebook and a glass of water, co-starring a record player.
Here's a question to ponder while we wait fir the 1/8 list deadline (some of you will be too young to answer fully, and that's sad). Looking back, would you have foreseen Kurt Cobain's suicide? Elliott Smith? River Phoenix's OD? Heath Ledger? Janis Joplin? Dana Plato? Spalding Gray? Hunter S. Thompson? Janis Joplin? Any other famous ones you would have seen coming?
“I hadn’t had a perfect moment yet. And it’s very important for me to have perfect moments in exotic countries like that… it kind of lets you know when it’s time to go home…”” - Spalding Gray, Swimming to Cambodia
"Ten Years Gone" (Letter to Spalding Gray) Dear Spalding, All these years gone by Time heals wounds, that is true Though we are left with all your words So many still miss you. We see your face in movies, yes Your big as life it seems The people that you've left behind They see you in their dreams. We have your words in monologues Some funny, some so sad Remembering the pain you felt We can't help feeling bad. The demons that you daily faced Some just can't comprehend With everything just "going fine" Why did you let it end? Those final moments just you know Your mind, it had to rest The peace that had eluded you That ache within your chest. So, stopping by to let you know Although it's ten years gone The words you left will never die For us they still go on. Well bye for now but we'll be back From us you'll never leave We sign with love, sincerity And silently, we grieve...
word is a performance artistic poem that is word-basic. It often includes collaboration and experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater, and dance. However, spoken word usually tends to focus on the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, gestures, facial expressions, and not so much on the other art forms. In entertainment, spoken-word performances generally consist of storytelling or poetry, exemplified by people like Hedwig Gorski, Gil Scott Heron and the lengthy monologues by Spalding Gray. Before the poetic catalyst of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam in 2002, musical artists such as The Last Poets, Gil-Scott Heron, The Watts Prophets, and many more, were responsible for infiltrating spoken word into the media. Beginning as early as the 1960s, spoken word became an outlet to promote political frustrations and ambitions, such as civil rights. Towards the late 1990s, movies and documentaries such as Slam (1998), and SlamNation (1998) were responsible for highlighting the evol ...
This is what the late, great Spalding Gray once called "garbage bag weather." He didn't specify which colour.
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Beginning to read The Journals of Spalding Gray. Jealz that got to digitize Gray's tapes at the Harry Ransom Center.
Spalding Gray is my spirit animal. MONSTER IN A BOX, SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA, and GRAY'S ANATOMY.
Next weekend will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of acclaimed actor and monologist Spalding Gray, and to mark the occasion, Aspie Works will present his first ever monologue SEX AND DEATH TO THE AGE 14. Justin Rielly will perform the monologue on Sunday, January 12 at 7pm at the MuCCC! Check the link for more info on this tribute to a great theatrical voice!
Saw that one first-run. Dolly tells Spalding Gray she got her degree from Screw U. Still clear as a bell.
Watched ''And Everything is Going Fine''. Spalding Gray is easily in my top five for favorite storytellers.
I'm sure you're all dying to know what I read in 2013, so here's the list. As you can see, I was big on collected diaries and journals, so if you have any you want to recommend, please do so! 1. We Killed: the Rise of Women in American Comedy, by Yael Kohen 2. The Best American Essays 2012, edited by Robert Atwan and David Brooks 3. Moranthology, by Caitlin Moran 4. Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, by D.T. Max 5. Judging a Book by Its Lover, by Lauren Leto 6. My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City, by various contributors 7. Sleepwalk With Me, by Mike Birbiglia 8. Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, by Ophira Eisenberg 9. My Misspent Youth, by Meghan Daum 10. The Mezzanine, by Nicholson Baker 11. Possible Side Effects, by Augusten Burroughs 12. For the Love of Letters, by Samara O’Shea 13. Tasteful Nudes, by Dave Hill 14. I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, by Giulia Melucci 15. The Journals of Spalding Gray, edited by Nell Casey 16. Let’s Explore ...
SAT, JAN 18th! How many stages in Seattle can claim Billie Holliday, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Fugazi, Spalding Gray, Elvis Costello, and Bill T. Jones as performers who have graced their stages? Just one: Washington Hall. To kick off the final phase of the campaign to restore Washington Hall to its historic glory and future home for Seattle’s diverse arts and cultural groups we're holding a free open house style event. Everyone, and especially those with a past connection to the Hall, are welcome to drop by to check out some free food and special performances by some surprise guests. If you have a memory about the Hall, please bring it to share. We're collecting photos, posters, and any souvenirs of Washington Hall history. More details will be coming, and many special guests and performers will be announced.
A little news about Franco Roger Howarth Joins General Hospital A New Face in Port Charles Roger Howarth shook things up on General Hospital as Todd Manning, just as he did on One Life to Live. The soap veteran now has a second notch in his belt; because of legal difficulties, he is now portraying the role of Franco instead of Todd. The 44-year-old Howarth is best known for the role of Todd. He made a splash when he played the part on One Life to Live initially from 1992 until 1995. His story is reminiscent of GH actors Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller) and Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) in that Todd Manning was supposed to be a day player part (Rogers was originally signed for six episodes and Hennesy was hired for two days of work). Howarth, with his brilliant smile, energy, and quirky delivery caught on big time, and the producers put him on contract. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in 1994, and two Soap Opera Digest Awards. However, due to the road the character took, Howarth b ...
Well. If you haven't seen "And Everything is Going Fine" d. Steven Soderbergh's dokko about Spalding Gray, then you bloody well should.
Watching old Charles Manson ramblings on Utube. Some of it is profound and interesting.He reminds me of Spalding Gray.
new special is like a beautiful combination of Louis CK, Spalding Gray, and Stephen Tobolowski, but still original.
What did you think if Soderberghs doc about Spalding Gray?
And every time I watch, I understand Spalding Gray so completely.
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I can't help thinking about Spalding Gray's suicide every time I watch
Gotta be better than the off-off-Broadway show 50 Shades of Spalding Gray
"Bravo Peter, you're the Spalding Gray of crap."
Alvin Eng article in The Dramatist says Spalding Gray in '88 Our Town was a "perfect bridge" for those raised on "raw...downtown theatre."
Every time I walk by here I get sad I never saw Spalding Gray live.
I'm a 'Spalding Gray' in a 'Rick Dees' world.
Since Liz French is taking the day off, Happy Birthday to Jacques Demy, Tony Richardson, Bill Moyers, Spalding Gray, Laurie Anderson, Jeff Garlin, and Mark Wahlberg
DVD+Digital: Spalding Gray, the theater of war and Swimming to Cambodia
reading journals of Spalding Gray. This made me think of you. If I could do a perfect thing…. to take time for...
When comedians talk about slow burner jokes I only ever think when spalding gray talks about slow burner farts
My wife just reminded me that she was Emily in the Spalding Gray OUR TOWN.
SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA:   THE PLOT THUS FAR Spalding Gray tells about his participation in the film, “The Killin...
For Halloween Mr. Met paints his head and goes as "Spalding Gray"
There's a man here with clothing & body of Spalding Gray, face & mannerisms of Wallace Shawn and haircut of Ben Franklin.
Check this out, from the archives...Spalding Gray gets loose at a not-quite-finished AS220, early 90s.
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Rob Ford channeling Spalding Gray here, I guess: "Everything is Going Fine". Yeah, 'cause that approach has always worked out.
I'm actually the Spalding Gray of monologues.
Gah, talking about Soderbergh's Spalding Gray documentaries reminds me of Spalding Gray which in turn makes me smile.
Spalding Gray on The Nanny I see you and and then I realize I'M DROWNING MY SORROW BY WATCHING THE NANNY
"what foods would Spalding Gray have eaten?"
"what would Spalding Gray think of todays economy? what does Spalding Gray want us to"
"who was Spalding Gray and what he invented?"
"How can I see or obtain a photograph of Spalding Gray? what was Spalding Grays"
"how did Spalding Gray define wealth? What religion does Spalding Gray embrace?"
"What languages are spoken by Spalding Gray? what happened to the man who looked like"
"what awards did Spalding Gray get? what impact did Spalding Gray have on government?"
take a bit of Spalding Gray and a touch of Antony Bourdain, you have me, moving to
I never followed up on Spalding Gray's 2004 suicide until yesterday...
Spot on We Will Rock you is the Spalding Gray of crap. PS I'm winning this
What New York Does to You—Spalding Gray A deep social commentary from the 1987 Jonathan Demme-directed performance film "Swimming to Cambodia", starring and written by the late Spalding Gray...
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Confused to learn Richard Serra once ran a moving company that employed Chuck Close, Spalding Gray, and Philip Glass.
Jim Parsons talks about pilot season, Spalding Gray, and solar brain power -
Who are some of your favorite public storytellers? I'm checkin' out Spalding Gray right now, but I wanna know your favorite writers who do amazing public readings; theatre folks with awesome monologues; spoken word heroes. Give me your oral storytellers!
 'Drinking, Smoking and Screwing: Great Writers on Good Times', for $7.75 via the notion of "political correctness" encroached on the ways people spoke, wrote, and conducted themselves in public and private, some of America's best writers embraced unsafe sex, excessive alcohol, and a good cigar. From the classically libidinous Henry Miller to the hilariously contemporary Fran Lebowitz, Drinking, Smoking and Screwing includes novel excerpts, essays, poems, and short stories in a bawdy and thoroughly entertaining anthology with no warnings -- and no apologies. Review Here's to the three greatest pleasures in life: a cigarette before and a martini after. Drinking, Smoking & Screwing celebrates these less-than-holy pursuits and unlocks the sweet mystery of sin with a sordid selection of essays, stories, excerpts, and poetry from noted libertines such as Mark Twain, Charles Bukowski, Henry Miller, Vladimir Nabokov, Spalding Gray, and Dorothy Parker. Also deliciously wicked is the ...
I’m a Spalding Gray in a Rick Dees world.
The Austin Chronicles 1997 Drunks© Directed By: Peter Cohn Starring: Richard Lewis, Dianne Wiest, Faye Dunaway, Amanda Plummer, Parker Posey, Liza Harris, Spalding Gray, Howard Rollins (R, 88 min.) The great insight of 12-step programs is that chronic substance abuse is less about thrills than finding a system for living and a source of daily comfort. Like Lou Reed said about The Big H: “It's my life and it's my wife.” In this film adaptation of Gary Lennon's play Blackout, the characters are all members of a New York City Alcoholics Anonymous group for whom the corny A.A. rituals and mantras (“By the grace of God, one day at a time, I've got 70 days sober. Thank you.”) are substitutes of a sort for less manageable regimens of boozing and doping. Most of the action happens during one nighttime meeting, from which Jim (Lewis) disappears in a funk after delivering an emotional speech about his lifelong problems with self-medication. In alternating scenes, new members passionately describe why they ...
The 1800's compiled by Amir Muhammad The 1800s ushered in at least six Muslim personalities who transformed themselves into people known for practicing their faith, business skills, freedom, leadership, and knowledge. In 1803, Bilali (Ben Ali) Muhammad and his family arrived in Georgia on Sapelo Island. Bilali Muhammad was a Fula from Timbo Futa-Jallon in present day Guinea-Conakry. By 1806 he became the plantation manager for Thomas Spalding, a prominent Georgian master. Bilali and his wife Phoebe had 12 sons and 7 daughters. One of his sons is reported as being Aaron of Joel Chandler Harris’ work, author of Uncle Remus and Br’er Rabbit stories. His daughters" names were Margaret, Hester, Charlotte, Fatima, Yoruba, Medina, and Bint. All his daughters but Bint could speak English, French, Fula, Gullah, and Arabic. Bilali was well educated in Islamic law. While enslaved Bilali became the community leader and Imam of at least 80 men. During the War of 1812 Bilali told his slave master that he had 80 men ...
Oh, early days of Family Guy -- Brian: "Peter, you are the Spalding Gray of crap." That may have been the line that won me over.
Should I write a Spalding Gray style one man show or a normal "Friends"-style play with multiple characters and a city?
FACT: "Bandz A Make Her Dance" was adapted from a Spalding Gray monologue.
new aspiration: to be called the Spalding Gray of slam poetry.
RIP today in 2004 – Spalding Gray, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1941) passed on... ... ...suspected suicide
I'm coming to the end of the Spalding Gray monologues I have on DVD. Only one left. I'm not ready to go into the darkness.
Spalding Gray died on this day in 2004
I survived first ski lesson ever last night. Like Spalding Gray at first I could only turn left. This morning my thighs burn.
Guy who sold Windows Vista security to the press does a bad Spalding Gray impersonation
I might just do that. I have a Spalding Gray itch that needs to be scratched in the worst way!
Spalding Gray perfect moment benchmark remains intact. This makes me *smile* a little in that brief reminiscence kind of way.
A lot of it depends on what kind of kick I'm on. Like right now, I've been really into the monologues of Spalding Gray...
Is there some sort of prostitute I can hire to watch Spalding Gray monologues with me and have introspective discussions about them after?
Get tickets now for Josh Kornbluth’s Take on Andy Warhol (if you like Spalding Gray, you'll love Kornbluth) learn...
Finished watching And Everything Is Going Fine, the Steven Soderbergh doc on Spalding Gray. Highly recommend watching, a great study on a phenomenal story teller with amazing timing. And a really fascinating person.
I'm still in mourning for Elliott Smith and Spalding Gray. I think the condition might be permanent.
Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue: Life Interrupted was the monologue that Spalding Gray was working on...
"Krapp's Last Tape. I feel pretty close to this play as I often work with a tape recorder and often feel like crap." Spalding Gray on "Alive From Off Center" in 1985 doing a 30 minute version of "A Personal History of the American Theatre." Terrific.
He was like a black Spalding Gray throwing ninja stars disguised as facts... and numbers.
My Biographer is watching Spalding Gray monologues and now all he wants to do is talk and talk and talk. But this is my show, I remind him.
This is one of my favorite Texas jokes from one of my favorite movies (David Byrne's "True Stories" with John Goodman, Spaulding Gray, Pop Staples).
So Sean Brennan is a poor man's Bill Simmons, who's a poor man's Ray Romano, who's a destitute man's Spalding Gray? Just wanna be clear.
(Spalding Gray) And Everything Is Going Fine 8/10 stars. Wish he was still around.
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yes, a doc abt Spalding Gray. Poor you. *hugs* make the best of it ok?
Talking Heads’ frontman David Byrne serves as the films narrator who visits the fictional town of Virgil, Texas as they celebrate their 150th year anniversary. The delightful cast of characters includes a very young John Goodman looking for love in all the wrong places, Spalding Gray, always a delight on screen, actress Swoosie Kurtz, Pops Staples of The Staples Singers, Latin music legend Esteban Jordan and fellow musician Tito Larriva. Unique, quirky, hilarious and touching, True Stories features some of the Talking Heads’ greatest songs, including City of Dreams, Wild Wild Life, People Like Us, Love For Sale,
Did not know Spalding Gray played a role in How High.CRAZY!!
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The Journals of Spalding Gray are now out in paperback!
"I dreamed that I was in a big house and I found myself asleep on a couch and I climbed on and began to make love to myself." Spalding Gray
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Spalding Gray, why'd you have to leave us?
Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia is in bits & pieces on youtube, reassembled in a playlist, & I'm listening to it as I work from my bed.
At least twice a week I think I see Spalding Gray on the train.
Slicing Up Eyeballs: Spalding Gray's "Gray's Anatomy" - I've got a thing for eyes. They fascinate me and repe…
Spalding Gray in "Drunks": is hophead a nationwide expression?
Riveting, funny, heartbreaking, at once raw and lyrical: these journals reveal the extraordinary inner life of the actor-writer who invented the autobiographical monologue and perfected the form in such celebrated works as Swimming to Cambodia.   Begun when he was twenty-fiv...
Spalding Gray's Morning, Noon and Night is charming and disarming. I kept wondering how this book could be so engrossing while being so deceptively simple. I think there are two things that are going on.
just watched Steven Soderbergh's beautiful homage to the late great Spalding Gray, entitled "And Everything Is Going Fine." I'm still wiping the tears from my eyes. Gray was a brilliant monologist, a master storyteller who used his life experiences, phobias and obsessions as raw material for some of the most spellbinding, confessional theater I've ever seen. (I highly recommend his films "Swimming to Cambodia," "Monster in a Box," and "Gray's Anatomy" as prime examples of his art.) Utilizing clips from Gray's monologues interspersed with interviews in a collage-like manner, Soderbergh captures the troubled essence of the man, who committed suicide in 2004 after a long battle with depression. Truly, Gray was one of us, yet most uncommon, and I urge you to rent/buy this outstanding documentary.
You can never tell how you'll come to discover and like a filmmaker. Quite impressed with Spalding Gray's monologue shot by Jonathan Demme.
Part II of interview with Spalding Gray, originally recorded for Delta Airlines, ca. 1990
It's not anyone who can make a man sitting at a desk and talking for an hour and twenty minutes compelling. But not everyone is Spalding Gray and Steven Soderbergh. GRAY'S ANATOMY is a one of a kind experience.
Dion Flynn (The Complete First Season, Late Night w/Jimmy Fallon) presents Mind Maps. If Spalding Gray, Eckhart Tolle, Jacob Moreno, Orson Welles and Whoopi Goldberg had a child it would be quite a thing to observe the conception of. And so will Dion Flynn's Mind Maps. By the time you leave you'll be more comfortable with your truth. One Night Only! Tues July 3rd 9:30 pm. $8
Budd Wilkins on Blu-ray release of Steven Soderbergh's moving Spalding Gray doc
Like Steven Soderbergh's male stripper movie? Maybe you'll like his tribute to Spalding Gray. Or not. My review:
The Criterion Collection has done Spalding Gray and Steven Soderbergh proud with this Blu-ray reissue of Gray's Anatomy.
Some thoughts on Spalding Gray and the new Criterion discs:
A short history of the Khmer Rouge, presented by Spalding Gray. This was part of his filmed performance art piece Swimming To Cambodia.
hope it's great! I saw the last one with Chris Noth, Charles Durning and Spalding Gray
St Elmo's, in Ind,y has on its celeb-diner list Spalding Gray, Eddie Cantor, Joyce DeWitt, Lillian Gish, Bababooey, and "The Wassup Guys".
On the 50th Anniversary its inauguration, the "New York Times" had an appreciation of the tool of the ultimate whisk--the Shelby Cobra. I am not a motor head at all BUT I am a complete Cobra freek. If you drive a Cobra, you have the ineffable peace of mind that comes from knowing that you do not have to worry about anybody passing you on the way to the Sam's Club or SUPERVALU. Now, you may have to go back and forth to Costco a few times to bring back all the sacks of water softener pellets you need, BUT, you will still save time. being said, it is sad news that Carroll Shelby died. He is the prime mover of the Cobra. He was one of the longest living heart transplant recipients ever. of Bill Cosby's great comedy routines was about the Cobra. Somehow, the story winds around, much like a Spalding Gray monologue, and ends with George Corley Wallace.
The documentary about the life of Spalding Gray, directed by Steven Soderbergh, IFC Films
My amazing wife Patricia Smith has just been selected as a MacDowell Fellow and will be spending several weeks working at the New Hampshire artist colony this summer. This is a big deal. Since its founding more than 100 years ago, MacDowell has provided creative space and fellowship to our greatest artists including Leonard Bernstein, Thornton Wilder, Aaron Copland, James Baldwin, Spalding Gray, and, more recently Alice Walker, Alice Sebold, Jonathan Franzen, and Michael Chabon. As always I'm very proud of Patricia.
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Meant to say thanks for the tip… got a Nicholson Baker, a John Barth, a Spalding Gray and the book of David Byrne's True Stories.
will be curious to hear how it is. We saw it in 2001 w/ Chris Noth, Charles Durning, Spalding Gray & Elizabeth timely!
Back in January, 2002, Danny Shot said, "Bob we've got to get the Gregory Corso Memorial happening!" And so we opened the doors of the Bowery Poetry Club with no bathrooms, no bar, and when we turned on the heating system, dust covered Bingo Gazingo as if he were the Ghost of Poetry, Past, Present, Future. 2012 - 2002 = 10, that's right 10. It's the 10th anniversary of BPC, and this fall we'll have a full plate of big hopping celebrations: Sarah Kay, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, will have a screening of Nick Flynn's Being Flynn, a screening of the amazing Deaf Jam ASL film, a performance of Spalding Gray's "Stories Left to Tell"... on and on — but what we really want is you! and your ideas!! So let us know.
Charlie Rose with Oliver Stone; Spalding Gray (September 25, 1997): Filmmaker Oliver Stone talks about his time ...
Just announced! A Tribute to Spalding Gray with Nell Casey, Peter Gallagher, David Ulin, others. Reserve seats today
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