This month’s theme, Eye, is courtesy of BlogHer. They cite their inspiration as monologist, actor, and writer Spalding Gray. Most people might recognize from his bit parts in various films and televisions shows, everything from Saturday Night Live to And Everything is Going Fine.
I first became familiar with Gray for his small scene in The Killing Fields, a movie that is on the short list of films that have changed my life. His experience on that film would become his award winning monologue, Swimming to Cambodia. Eventually it would be a play and a film as well, but it is Gray the monologist who moved and inspired me. His brilliance was that he defied genre–funny, smart, honest, simple–a performance of memoir that was entertaining while honest and frequently moving. Neither just a writer, or just an actor, he was instead an artist.
Please take a moment to enjoy the NPR tribute page which includes interviews with Gray and his wife, as well as segments from some of his work.