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Morning, Noon and Night

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A hilarious monologue about fatherhood by a unique comic voice

In Morning, Noon and Night that master of the confessional, Spalding Gray, tells the event-filled, emotionally charged, and outrageously funny story of one day of his life in October 1997, after the birth of his son Theo. Horrified by the prospect of having another son, considering what he and his two brothers d
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 30th 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published September 1st 1999)
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Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bio
I have read most of Spalding Gray's previous books, and I liked all of them. Some of them I much more than liked, which is why I kept coming back.

This one I did not finish, but not because I am yet another disillusioned or oddly angry fan who feels artistically betrayed by Gray's later suicide. On that point, I think it might be instructive for other readers to know that the depression that brought him so low that he took his life appears to have come on, at least in part, because of brain injur
Eve Lyons
Jun 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Wow, people's comments on this book show a shocking ignorance about mental illness. Yes, this book - Gray's last completed monologue - is ironic in that it is hopeful about his prognosis for coping with his depression. But it was also written years before he killed himself, and none of us can know what happened to him in those years, how much harder things got and how much he was suffering. What I do know is that we are all suffering for the loss of Spalding Gray, because he was a brilliant writ ...more
Justin Grimbol
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book takes place in Sag Harbor, New York, where I grew up. He describes it well. Spalding Gray and I probably ran in different circles and experienced the place from very different angles. I was a doofy, angsty, chubby, weed smoking, female butt loving, pizza guzzling, badly dressed local. While he was a rich, artsy, and snobby eccentric, who vacationed in the town then moved there later in his life. Still, I think he catches the heart of Sag Harbor in this book. Its a Sag Harbor I recogniz ...more
Printable Tire
Sort of reads like an extensive Christmas letter, but with more depressing thoughts on death (made more depressing considering how Gray died). Yet the existential bourgeois minutia is oddly readable and eventually uplifting:

I must forgive myself for not knowing what I wanted. For me, that is a natural state of mind because I am only living once. There is nothing, no other life of mine, to compare this one too. There is no way of knowing what the right decision in life is if you have no other li
Mary Blye Kramer
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gray's writing is simply perfect. I don't know anyone else, except David Sedaris, who can mesmerize me by writing about a single day in his life. I was heartbroken when I googled the author and discovered he had taken his own life not long after this book was published. What a tragedy. But he left a beautiful tribute to his family through this book ...more
Valarie Smith
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Miss you, Spalding.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Spalding Gray committed suicide in 2004 by jumping off the Staten Island ferry. I still remember being stunned by the news, being a casual admirer of his work and having no knowledge of the car accident in Ireland that left him in so much pain. Reading Morning, Noon and Night with the specter of his death was odd—because it’s ostensibly a celebration of family life at a point when Spalding was welcoming the arrival of his second son, Theo. Spalding never thought he’d have kids or become a family ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This reminded me of a short chapter in Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Struggle", but set on Long Island instead of Norway. Gray's meandering first person monologue reads like he's telling you a story. It's set on a single day after the birth of his second son. As a 55-year-old father of a newborn, Gray reminisces about his past while trying to work out his fears of being a father once again. I wouldn't describe it as hilarious, but it's witty and charming. Certainly, an easy conversational read. ...more
Julie Farrar
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
I could hear Gray's voice in my head as I read it. It had all the rhythm and wryness of his stage performances. I read it holding back a tear, however, because he says so many things that presage his tragic end. Reading it is like watching a train barrel down the track toward a car and holding your breath as you wait for the inevitable deadly collision. But what a storyteller Spalding Gray was. ...more
Nov 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The only book I ever considered BURNING. His suicide makes what he says in the book so hard to deal with. Though there is a dark side to the book, it is overall a look at a day in his life and how he gets the strength to keep going and not kill himself. But you know he killed himself.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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I always loved his monologues. He was a neurotic man and one of the best storytellers around. This one is written two years before he was in a major car accident that left him physically challenged and in a major depression that (presumably) eventually led to his suicide.
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Spalding Gray fans
Sweet, funny -- and now, of course, sad. It's standard neurotic, death-obsessed Spalding Gray, and if you like that sort of thing, you'll like this. ...more
Lucas Dispoto
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I'd like to see this performed (it was originally a monologue) because I think there is definitely an advantage to Gray's showmanship. Still interesting although I found it a bit rambling at times. ...more
Feb 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
My sissy knew that I would need a book about an older father raising his children. Thanks lovey!
Bradley Hanson
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Monologist Spalding Gray shares his views of life as a parent. I laughed out loud and repeatedly. Brilliant. RIP to a great author.
Ayelet Waldman
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
There's something just a little bit depressing about how privileged he is and how unhappy. ...more
Steven Spector
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
When we join our hero now, he is unexpectedly experiencing the joys of becoming and being a father. It couldn't have happened to a more imperfect guy!! ...more
Heather Goff
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Spalding Gray is funny, funny; smart; self-deprecating; insightful.
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Spalding Gray was an American actor, screenwriter, performance artist, and playwright.

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