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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Spalding Gray Narrator: Sam Shepard Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Life Interrupted was the monologue that Spalding Gray was working on when he died in the early winter of 2004.

Famous for his often manic and always humorous monologues, Gray was, by the late 1990s, in a happy marriage living in Long Island, doing yoga every day. But his life became unhinged after a devastating car accident in Ireland in 2001, which fractured his skull and crushed his hip. It sent Gray into a deep and unremitting depression.

But the fact that Spalding had begun performing a new piece in October of last year gave his friends and family reason to hope that he was emerging from his despair. The monologue recounts the story of the accident and Gray's hospitalization in Ireland with gallows humor: The following day I slipped into a depression, and I didn't know whether to tell the Irish about it, whether they would acknowledge this depression. I mean, does a fish know it's swimming in water? It's indigenous to the rainy culture.

The last time Gray performed his work-in-progress Life Interrupted at PS 122, he also read a short story called The Anniversary, about the afternoon he spent with young Theo at the Carousel in Central Park on the tenth anniversary of the day he met his wife, Kathie Russo. Like the unfinished monologue, this piece is also much darker than Gray's early work. The third piece in this collection is a very short, remarkably poignant letter Spalding wrote about the terrorist attacks of September 11, titled Dear New York City.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary Margaret McLeroy | 8/22/2013

    " the work that Spalding Gray wrote in this book is a good read, but the rest...not really my style. If this is a favorite author of yours then this book would be a good way to say goodbye, since the last 1/3 of the book are excepts of readings from his memorial service. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meghan | 4/20/2013

    " really depressing. It was the last book he was writing before he killed himself. But it did make me understand why he did and where the depression came from. It was a form of closure for a great author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff | 1/5/2013

    " Only a portion of this book was by Spalding Gray - more than half were reminiscences of friends. Overall a good read - but don't expect an entire volume of Gray's writing... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karlton | 12/7/2012

    " A long introduction - a few pages of his last monologue and "Anniversary" both quite good - and then the second half consists of eulogies (many self-serving). I'm glad it's available because it does bring closure but the "extra" material takes away from Gray's. "

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