The Journals of Spalding Gray

The Journals of Spalding Gray

Spalding Gray

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 0307474917

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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-five, Spalding Gray's journals reflect on his childhood; his craving for success; the downtown New York arts scene of the 1970s; his love affairs, marriages, and fatherhood; his travels in Europe and Asia; and throughout, his passion for the theater, where he worked to balance his compulsion to tell all with his fear of having his deepest secrets exposed. The Journals of Spalding Gray gives us a haunting portrait of a creative genius who we thought had told us everything about himself—until now.

A Short Walk from Harrods

The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption

Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn

Growing Up Bin Laden


Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance















be able to hold up? That I didn’t know. I did get tired today and every time the sky began to get bright outside, I would get distracted. I have good first impressions of Gore [Vidal]. He’s very ERUDITE and well read. I also like that my character looks at his K-9 teeth and that he is a politician from Rhode Island. AUGUST 22, 2000 Tue. I do not know how I am going to do it. I do not know how I will remember those lines each night, TO SAY EACH WORD RIGHT? Can you imagine it? But memory

Lincoln Center, 1993. This was displayed along with other drawings from the Hirschfeld collection on the wall at Sardi’s restaurant in New York City. (photo credit 14) Gray teaching a storytelling workshop. Gray with his family: From left, seven-year-old Forrest (with a candy cane in his hand), Marissa, thirteen years old, and Theo, two, lying on Gray. Russo is reclining above them on the sofa in the living room of their first house in Sag Harbor, New York, 1999. (photo credit 16)

Henry, David, 3.1, 3.2 Hershey, Barbara, 3.1 Hoffman, Dustin, 2.1–2.2, 3.1 Holman, Bob, 3.1 Homer, Cynthia, 4.1 Hoosiers (film), 3.1 Hopper, Edward, 4.1 Horowitz, Glenn, Edi.1, Edi.2 Horton, Gram, 3.1, 3.2 Horton, Margaret Elizabeth “Betty,” Int.1, 1.1–1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1–4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 ashes of, 1.1, 1.2–1.3 mental illness of, 1.1, 1.2 suicide of, 1.1, 2.1,

disappearing. Gray and Dustin Hoffman acted together in Brendan Behan’s Quare Fellow at the Theatre Company of Boston in 1964, three years before the twenty-seven-year-old Hoffman would take on the iconic role of Ben Braddock in Mike Nichol’s Graduate. Later, in his monologue A Personal History of the American Theater, Gray would describe Hoffman as “very funny, he looked like a dog, a funny short little dog.” And Hoffman, according to Gray, would repeatedly say in the dressing room, “You know,

exclusive of Renée. That is why she thinks I excluded Renée from him. She also said that it is now an important time for me because in the same year that I outlived mom (and she said she did not think I would make it through the summer but did not want to inter“fear” because it would make her into another mother for me). And yes the same year I out lived mom I had a boy child and I am now trying to relive my childhood in a healing way through him. Well it was a very loaded session. She also

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