From the deep archives: Spalding Gray

January 14, 2011


I’m going through a moment of revisiting the work of Spalding Gray, watching the movie versions of his monologues for the first time and fielding correspondence from people writing about his early work. I just dug out a column I wrote for the Soho News in 1980, the year I first met and got to know Spalding, in which I talk about a reading he did of a piece called Seven Shots from a Family Album.

“I’ve never encountered writing that so carefully balances comedy, horror, and eroticism. Gray articulates primitive sexual fantasies in a way that is direct, imaginative, and psychologically accurate where, say, Henry Miller’s writing is merely pornographic and John Rechy’s is hostile.”

I can’t remember now whether he ever published the work, but you can read my report online here.

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