Sex and Death to the Age 14

Sex and Death to the Age 14

by Spalding Gray

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Overview

This is a collection of six monologues by the master of one-man drama. Included are "Sex and Death at the Age of 14," "Booze, Cars, and College Girls," "47 Beds," "Nobody Wanted to Sit Behind a Desk," "Travels through New England," and "Terror of Pleasure: The House." Also includes a preface by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394742571
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1986
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Spalding Gray was born and raised in Rhode Island. A cofounder of the acclaimed New York City theater company the Wooster Group, he appeared on Broadway and in numerous films, including Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields, David Byrne’s True Stories, Garry Marshall’s Beaches, and as the subject of the 2010 Steven Soderbergh documentary, And Everything is Going Fine. His monologues include Sex and Death to the Age 14, Swimming to CambodiaMonster in a BoxGray’s Anatomy, and It’s a Slippery Slope. He died in 2004.

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Sex and Death to the Age 14 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
chuchotement on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first time that I've read any of Spalding Gray's work, though I've been meaning to do so for quite some time. (I got lucky and snatched up a few books at a local white elephant sale.) He veers wildly between unbridled optimism and sheer despair, with more of the former than the latter, surprisingly. He tells his stories with a candor that is refreshing today, when everyone seems to have something to hide. (...and yet he kept "personal" diaries/journals, too. One can only wonder about their contents.) I admit that some of these early monologues seem a bit underdeveloped, and even flat in some places. Overall though, I really appreciated the dark humor and a tone that is solely his own. I think that this was a good gateway book to the rest of his performances; it has piqued my interest, rather than dulling it. I look forward to reading and watching more.
realsupergirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not Spalding's best work, but it is his earliest published work. As someone who owns most of the Spalding Gray canon, I like the pieces in this collection in part to see his development as a writer and a performer. To understand the full depth of Gray's psyche and neuroses and humor, you must have seen him perform.
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