Gray's Anatomy by Spalding Gray
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In middle age Spalding Gray has entered "the Bermuda Triangle of Health," that place where the body begins to break down in alarming and humiliating ways. His immediate problem is an eye complaint that could be corrected with minor surgery. But for the high priest of high anxiety, nothing is ever minor. And so Gray embarks on a crazed crusade for wellness that takes him from a Native American sweat lodge to a dictatorial nutritionist and, finally, to a gory session with the "Elvis Presley of psychic surgeons" in the Far East.

Exquisitely timed, unfettered in its intelligence, and funny enough to push readers to the brink of cardiac arrest, Gray's Anatomy is a surreal tour de force of body and soul.


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About Spalding Gray

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Writer, actor, and performer Spalding Gray was the author of It’s a Slippery Slope; Swimming to Cambodia; Monster in a Box; Morning, Noon and Night; and Impossible Vacation, among other works. He appeared on Broadway in his own one-man shows and in an acclaimed revival of Our Town and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, on PBS and HBO, and in numerous films, including Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields, David Byrne’s True Stories, and more recently Steven Soderbergh’s Gray’s Anatomy. He was still working on Life Interrupted at the time of his death in 2004.
 
Published January 5, 2011 by Vintage. 96 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Anyone who can imagine monologuist Gray's voice--ironic, neurotic, bemused by the world--will enjoy this new performance piece. In previous monologues, such as Swimming to Cambodia , Gray raided his o

Nov 22 1993 | Read Full Review of Gray's Anatomy (Vintage)

The Guardian

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In the long essay "An Agenda for Green Conservatism" - which, by the way, every Green politician, and voter, should read - he sets out his case most subtly and persuasively: "The idea of progress is detrimental to the life of the spirit, because it encourages us to view our lives, not under the a...

Apr 11 2009 | Read Full Review of Gray's Anatomy (Vintage)

The Guardian

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This selection from the writings of John Gray spans the last 30 or so years, which is neat, and timely, because those 30 years are starting to look like a distinct chapter in human history, now closed.

Mar 29 2009 | Read Full Review of Gray's Anatomy (Vintage)

Publishers Weekly

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Anyone who can imagine monologuist Gray's voice--ironic, neurotic, bemused by the world--will enjoy this new performance piece.

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BC Books

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Shafransky, who was not only Gray’s collaborator on numerous monologues but also his ex-wife, shares her thoughts on working with Gray.

Jun 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Gray's Anatomy (Vintage)

BC Books

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Although "A Personal History of the American Theater," which chronicles the various stage productions Gray took part in over his career to that point, is entertaining and witty, it does lack the depth of his later monologues.

Jun 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Gray's Anatomy (Vintage)

BC Books

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More accessible to the average viewer than surgical footage—and an outstanding extra feature—is a complete monologue by Gray, A Personal History of the American Theater, videotaped in 1982.

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BC Books

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So when an award-winning director like Steven Soderbergh commits to taking on a property like Spalding Gray's Gray's Anatomy, the first thing he has to think about is how to translate the monologue's static claustrophobia into something that will play on the screen.

Jun 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Gray's Anatomy (Vintage)

BC Books

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Don’t let the idea of watching a movie that consists of little more than one man telling a story put you off from watching Gray’s Anatomy.

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The Wall Street Journal

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"Gray's Anatomy" is one of the most famous medical books of all time, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, then the man most responsible for the success of the book was its long-forgotten illustrator, Henry Vandyke Carter.

Mar 27 2009 | Read Full Review of Gray's Anatomy (Vintage)

Book Reporter

Before working on the anatomy book with Gray, he had.

Dec 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Gray's Anatomy (Vintage)

Entertainment Weekly

Once again monologuist Gray (Swimming to Cambodia) demonstrates that it is possible to thoroughly entertain while sitting in a chair — albeit one that sometimes travels across the frame as if on a conveyor belt — telling a long, digressive anecdote.

Oct 17 1997 | Read Full Review of Gray's Anatomy (Vintage)

PopMatters

This could have been staged as a fairly straightforward theatrical monologue, more in line with previous film adaptations of Gray’s monologues (namely the 1987 Jonathan Demme-helmed Swimming to Cambodia), but Soderbergh goes through great lengths to bring out the energy in Gray’s performance.

Jul 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Gray's Anatomy (Vintage)

Slant Magazine

The last of Spalding Gray's manic-pathetic monologues to be filmed, Gray's Anatomy is also the weakest, marred by the actor's oddly becalmed-to-the-point-of-lifeless delivery and by director Steven Soderbergh's stylistic intrusions.

Jul 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Gray's Anatomy (Vintage)

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