As a piece of both cultural history and film history, David Byrne's True Stories takes its place alongside two other films from the mid-'80s that are also steeped in a surrealistic other-worldly place, Repo Man and Blue Velvet.
Scholar Christopher Grobe crafts a series of individually satisfying case studies, then shows the strong threads between confessional poetry, performance art, and reality television, with stops along the way.
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.
Given Steven Soderbergh's skill behind the camera, it makes sense that Gray's Anatomy, despite his intentions, ends up becoming more about his vision as a director than about Spalding Gray's ocular conundrum.