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Sex and Death to the Age 14 By Spalding Gray Sex and Death to the Age This is a collection of six monologues by the master of one man drama Included are Sex and Death at the Age of Booze Cars and College Girls Beds Nobody Wanted to Sit Behind a Desk Travels

  • Title: Sex and Death to the Age 14
  • Author: Spalding Gray
  • ISBN: 9780394742571
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sex and Death to the Age 14 By Spalding Gray 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.
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    1. Tim on said:

      This is a collection of some of Gray s early and best monologues These are the yarns that made his reputation as a story teller in the 1980s Sex and Death to the Age 14 Booze, Cars, and College Girls 47 Beds, Nobody Wanted to Sit Behind a Desk, Travels through New England, and Terrors of Pleasure the House At his best, Gray brings together several tendencies in American narrative arts the good old down east yarn, contemporary New York theatre, and modern warts and all confession He is the cheery [...]

    2. Arda on said:

      Love the way this begins Stories seem to fly to me and stick They are always out there, coming in We exist in a fabric of personal stories All culture, all civilization is an artful web, a human puzzle, a colorful quilt patched together to lay over raw indifferent nature So I never wonder whether, if a tree falls in the forest, will anyone hear it Rather, who will tell about it I hadn t heard of Spalding Gray before Hannah lent me this book, but upon finishing the last pages I pressed on some yo [...]

    3. Sabra Embury on said:

      I picked this up after randomly flipping through Gray s Monster in a Box 1992 and subsequently finishing the book in the next hour or so without a break After that was Swimming to Cambodia, followed by the Swimming to Cambodia DVD on Netflix, then finally Sex and DeathOne explanation for the binge is a crush on Gray his personal monologues his WASPY narcissism, his brutal honesty, embedded into whatever embellishments make his tales of life and career hilarious Reading his stories, for me, was m [...]

    4. C.S. on said:

      even better is a 1986 random house audio cassette now very, very difficult to get hold of i used to have it, lost it, searched for a couple of years and couldn t find it anywhere on the internet i finally contacted the gray estate and begged i had to make a donation to Gray s scholarship fund to get a dub out of them the recording is just as hilarious as i d remembered it beingay reads selections from sex and death which is wonderful enough on its own, but the cassette also includes gray s monol [...]

    5. David on said:

      Spaulding Gray,I think came closest to a recent century Mark Twain I say that in the sense of while Gray s monologue material was personal and sometimes self absorbent as opposed to Twain who looked at society as a whole,there was a fascinating story that would illustrate the human condition.A chance meeting with Spaulding Gray,led to my own autobiographical work, Black Hippie Chronicles Sex and Death to the Age 14 is one of the early works of Spaulding Grey In that sense,it is raw than his lat [...]

    6. Lora on said:

      GOOD BOOK, MISLEADING TITLEDon t expect the book to stay true to its title I liked the chapters about his childhood best, but he also writes about his adult life with varying success I ended up putting the book down for several weeks because I lost interest in the second to last chapter Travels through New England The last chapter about home ownership worked better for me.

    7. RandomAnthony on said:

      A heck of a lot of funGray was a trailblazer, as far as I m concerned, for this generation of monologists is that a word first person essayists This book flows wellght and smooth I pull it off the shelf about once a year The section about his drinking is probably the bestworth picking up cheap and reading on public trans.

    8. C C on said:

      I just really like Gray s use of nouns He s the kind of guy who remembers that what Fats Waller song was on the radio when he was spying on his best friend losing his virginity Even if he s making it up, he s smart to know it s a necessary detail.

    9. Robin on said:

      This is actually a book I m re reading or listening to again I used the paperback edition so I could show the cover rather than the audio version which a friend made into a CD for me a few years ago Listening to Spalding Gray is an experience that everyone should have He is missed.

    10. Donald Jans on said:

      This is probably the novel that made me want to start writing a novel that I wanted to read Honest and funny And a quick surmountable read.

    11. Christopher Myrick on said:

      fun fast collection of monologues that made me fall in love with this great deceased writer Shocked at the lack of ratings Read this

    12. Nicole on said:

      I caught the tail end of Swimming to Cambodia many many years ago, back when I was a young un and BRAVO was less Queer Eye and much independent film Never saw the rest of it, but Spalding Gray stuck in my mind forever after When he died awhile back I figured I should find out about him, and I finally did.Really enjoyed these monologues, although I m sure they would have been better as spoken word pieces They reminded me so very much of Kerouac, because they re somewhat stream of consciousness [...]

    13. jcad on said:

      Reasons I loved this book It is an hilarious account of episodes in the early life of Spalding Gray, many incredibly awkward and embarrassing, all told with his incredible dry wit It makes you uncomfortable and it makes you laugh out loud.Spalding Gray is from Rhode Island, and many of these stories take place there I am also from Rhode Island, and love pretty much everything that takes place there.I read it when I was very young, and as a result it was very interesting because it is a lot about [...]

    14. Tim on said:

      I ve really enjoyed Spalding Gray in the past Swimming to Cambodia in particular was enthralling, but reading this made it so clear how much of it is in the delivery I can try to infuse my reading experience with his singular style of monologue, but in the end it just doesn t hang together in the same way After reading this, I listened to recordings of some of this material being read, and it confirmed my suspicions When I do it, it feels like a rambling string of amusing anecdotes, but when he [...]

    15. Matthew on said:

      I read this book on the train and on the plane and it was great the whole ride through.But then I saw Swimming to Cambodia on DVD and it was awful, which confused my whole impression of Grey This reads like he wrote it in a very clear, streaming state of mind and seems to be the type of book that young guys write where and when their creativity is at a very strong place Amazing book to read if you can find it.

    16. Kye Alfred Hillig on said:

      Not Gray s best, but, just as with his other books, well worth the read Anyone who has ever suffered from anxiety or neurosis will be able to relate to Spalding s fears and adventures He travels the world searching for inner peace and perfect moments, occasionally finding them He is an artist that I will always wish I had met.

    17. Sandra Clark on said:

      This book reads fast with lots of wry, sarcastic bubbles of laughter rising every few paragraphs Spuddy, as his mom called him, was phenomenal This book captures his first series of monologues, beginning with a lengthy meditation on all his memories of sex and death up to turning 14 Read it.

    18. Real Supergirl on said:

      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 return return to understand the full depth of gray s psyche and neuroses and humor, you must have seen him perform.

    19. Steven Spector on said:

      However egocentric, no one could spin a non fiction yarn better than ole Spauld The stories contained within are no exception A must read by anyone with at least one neurotic bone in their body, which if you re honest, means you too.

    20. Alison on said:

      This book re sparked my obsession with Spalding Gray, and even though it s always fun to see and hear him than read him like Sedaris he s so out there and yet trapped in his head that it s endlessly entertaining One of the most engrossing things I read this summer.

    21. Dave on said:

      Spalding has an authentic voice and tells things straightforwardly He is focused on having real experiences and seeing what is important in them Really what appealed to me about beat generation without the agenda and the isms.

    22. Brian on said:

      Spalding Gray monologues are funny and full of details Reading them helps me relax.

    23. Chambers Stevens on said:

      I love Spalding Gray This is by far my favorite book of his.

    24. Terry R on said:

      Gritty, funny, real, honest Love this book I think he spawned a generation of writers like him, IMHO

    25. Janicedixon on said:

      awesome, easy to read, as easy to read as catcher in the Rye , very funny Highly recommend.

    26. Jarroldoleary on said:

      touching, honest, funny Really enjoyed it and quick and easy to read

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