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Articles tagged spalding gray, francine prose

Tuesday, June 4 2013

‘Swimming to Cambodia’ Remains Beautiful, Eloquent

There has never been an American mind quite like Spalding Gray's. This reissue of his classic 1987 monologue, which recounts his experiences in Southeast Asia while film The Killing Fields, reminds us of his unparalleled brilliance in this form.


Tuesday, July 6 2010

‘The American Stage’ Is Best Enjoyed As Theatre As Literature

A collection of 200-plus years of writing about the American theatre betrays a clear preference for the past over the present.


Thursday, October 16 2008

Honoré de Balzac: A Man of Enormous Appetites

One has to wonder, having conquered two duchesses before reaching his 25th birthday, if Honoré de Balzac didn't believe he deserved the aristocratic title in his name more than some who'd come by it more honestly.


Tuesday, April 3 2007

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

While many of us are proud of reading regularly, voraciously, or eclectically, how many of us really pay close attention to what we read?


Monday, January 23 2006

Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue by Spalding Gray, Francine Prose

It just sounds like the way Spalding Gray would die. His would not be a life finished by old age, or the standard natural causes. No, Gray's existence was fated to end like most of his monologues.


Monday, April 25 2005

A Changed Man by Francine Prose

Vincent Nolan's act is a convincing one; one that even he begins to believe the more he preaches it.


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