Spalding Gray

Incredibly sad news today…Spalding Gray’s death has been confirmed.

I had the plaeasure of seeing Gray when he visited my university a few years ago. He delivered one of his monologues in the school’s rundown theatre and was every bit as lively and eccentric and human as films like Swimming to Cambodia (1987) or Monster in a Box (1992) would lead you to believe. On the way to his talk, a friend of mine spotted him strolling to the theatre, and ran up beside him: “Are you Spalding Gray? Mind if I join you?” “Sure,” he replied, “As long as you can keep up–I’m late.”

He’ll be missed.