Spalding Gray Quotes.
I was raised as an upper-class WASP in New England, and there was this old tradition there that everyone would simply be guided into the right way after Ivy League college and onward and upward. And it rejected me, I rejected it, and I ended up as a kind of refugee, really.
Skiing is better than sex actually, because for me a good round of sex might be seven minutes. Skiing you can do for seven hours.
When Mom had her first nervous breakdown, she said she had a vision of Christ coming to her in the living room.
I knew I couldn’t live in America and I wasn’t ready to move to Europe so I moved to an island off the coast of America – New York City .
I say that I can’t make anything up. I think of myself as a collage artist. I’m cutting and pasting memories of my life. And I say, I have to live a life in order to tell a life. I would prefer to tell it because telling you’re always in control, you’re like God.
I see [my pen] as an extension of my musculature. It’s like being a painter. It’s the closest I can get to my breath.
I was darkly convinced that at age 52 I would kill myself because my mother committed suicide at that age. I was fantasizing that she was waiting for me on the other side of the grave.
I may look like an American WASPy doctor or lawyer, but I feel just like Woody Allen. Don’t cast me for my looks – I have a very ironic, existential, crazy Jew in me.
I think of New York as a puree and the rest of the United States as vegetable soup.
I consulted a therapist at Mass. General. After about 20 minutes, he stopped me and said, ‘You’re just a big existential garbage pail. Go home and relax.’
I refer to jet lag as ‘jet-psychosis – there’s an old saying that the spirit cannot move faster than a camel.
I fantasize about going back to high school with the knowledge I have now. I would shine. I would have a good time, I would have a girlfriend. I think that’s where a lot of my pain comes from. I think I never had any teenage years to go back to.
I understood once I held a baby in my arms, why some people have the need to keep having them.
When I first came to New York City in 1967, I joined up with Richard Schechner’s Performance Group – where we worked in the Performing Garage in SoHo.
Real life has always let me down. That’s why I do the monologues. I have always said I would rather tell a life than live a life. But I have to live a life in order to tell one.
One of the ways to reincarnate is to tell your story.
I’m kind of this control freak that likes to create his own hells before the real one can get to him
I’m the man who sits behind a table and tells true stories from his life. I’m also an actor. I was trained as an actor at Emerson College, and I use that training to play myself.
I think of my father and how confused he was by me. He understood my love for theater, and he understood that New York City was the only place that it was happening in America, really, in any live way.
I’m basically a fearful person. I’m a phobic person.
Everything is contingent, and there is also chaos.
How theraputic it is to surrond yourself with people stranger than yourself.
If I can make people laugh it’s like being a good lover.
I hadn’t had a perfect moment yet. And it’s very important for me to have perfect moments in exotic countries like that… it kind of lets you know when it’s time to go home.
Radio allowed me to be a creator, and TV stole that creation from me by literalizing – and to some extent limiting – my vision.
The only thing I don’t doubt is my doubt.
The fact that New York continues in the face of all of the chaos, of the crime, of the madness, you just think that it would just pop and vanish, just explode.