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Life Interrupted

(2005)
The Unfinished Monologue
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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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Hardback Editions

November 2005 : Hardback
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Title: [(Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue )] [Author: Spalding Gray] [Nov-2005]
Author(s): Spalding Gray
Publisher: Crown Publishers
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October 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue
Author(s): Spalding Gray
ISBN: 1-4000-4861-3 / 978-1-4000-4861-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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Audio Editions

May 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue
Author(s): Spalding Gray
ISBN: 1-59397-792-1 / 978-1-59397-792-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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May 2006 : Audio CD
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Title: Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue
Author(s): Spalding Gray
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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May 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue
Author(s): Spalding Gray
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2005 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue
Author(s): Spalding Gray
Publisher: Crown
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