Here's to the Late Spalding Gray: Monologist. Raconteur. Porn Star.

Spalding Gray is my hero, and the only celebrity death to bring me to tears in the past decade. The brutal honesty and humor in his monologues, Swimming to Cambodia being the one you've probably seen, has always been equal parts inspiration and rationalization for my own TMI-heavy writing. If Gray could do the things he's done, and then write about it — and talk about it in front of audiences, no less — then so can I.

Among the many things Gray never tried to hide was the fact he did porn, even writing about it in his roman à clef Impossible Vacation. It's a fictionalized account, but that's what roman à clef means. (The More You Know!)

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