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Impossible Vacation By Spalding Gray Impossible Vacation Having detailed the agonies of writing a book in his monologue Monster in a Box Spalding Gray now gives us the monster itself a convulsively funny unexpectedly moving novel about a man eternally sea

  • Title: Impossible Vacation
  • Author: Spalding Gray
  • ISBN: 9780679745235
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • Impossible Vacation By Spalding Gray Having detailed the agonies of writing a book in his monologue Monster in a Box, Spalding Gray now gives us the monster itself a convulsively funny, unexpectedly moving novel about a man eternally searching for a moment of protected pleasure even as he is permanently incapable of finding it.Brewster North witnesses his mother s madness but misses her suicide searches fraHaving detailed the agonies of writing a book in his monologue Monster in a Box, Spalding Gray now gives us the monster itself a convulsively funny, unexpectedly moving novel about a man eternally searching for a moment of protected pleasure even as he is permanently incapable of finding it.Brewster North witnesses his mother s madness but misses her suicide searches frantically for enlightenment in the Poconos and zipless sex in India suffers family ennui in Rhode Island and a nervous breakdown in Amsterdam In the process he emerges as a hilariously complex everyman And as Gray narrates his hero s free fall, he confirms his own stature as one of our funniest, most eccentric, and most engaging storytellers.
    Impossible Vacation By Spalding Gray

    Impossible Vacation by Spalding Gray However, many of the stories in Impossible Vacation were touched on in the film While the story is about Brewster North s travels here in the US abroad, the abstract idea that eludes him is the ability to hang out a catchall term for being comfortable in the moment. Impossible Vacation Gray, Spalding After having received a monkey mask from his uncle s adventures in Bali at a tender age of , Brewster longs for that Impossible Vacation Knowing for a fact that wherever he goes he can t escape the ghosts of his past, present and future. Impossible Vacation by Spalding Gray About Impossible Vacation Having detailed the agonies of writing a book in his monologue Monster in a Box, Spalding Gray now gives us the monster itself a convulsively funny, unexpectedly moving novel about a man eternally searching for a moment of protected pleasure even Impossible Vacation by Spalding Gray NOOK Book eBook Up to sh backNov , Spalding Gray was born and raised in Rhode Island.A cofounder of the acclaimed New York City theater company the Wooster Group, he appeared on Broadway and in numerous films, including Roland Joff s The Killing Fields, David Byrne s True Stories, Garry Marshall s Beaches, and as the subject of the Steven Soderbergh documentary, And Fiction Book Review Impossible Vacation by Spalding Gray Impossible Vacation The acclaimed monologist and author of Swimming to Cambodia , Sex and Death to the Age and Monster in a Box which concerned the writing of this novel , Gray once again Impossible Vacation Vintage Contemporaries IndieBound Impossible Vacation Vintage Contemporaries Paperback By Spalding Gray Vintage, , pp Publication Date April , Impossible Vacation eBook by Spalding Gray Nov , Read Impossible Vacation by Spalding Gray available from Rakuten Kobo Having detailed the agonies of writing a book in his monologue Monster in a Impossible Vacation May , Impossible Vacation makes music about those moments There is something nostalgic about it something southern something like a road trip that changed your life but took you years to realize it Impossible Vacation disembarks from Asheville, NC. Customer reviews Impossible Vacation After having received a monkey mask from his uncle s adventures in Bali at a tender age of , Brewster longs for that Impossible Vacation Knowing for a fact that wherever he goes he can t escape the ghosts of his past, present and future. Impossible Vacation Temporary Art Review The idea is that they are taking a vacation from the role of a curator The word vacation there implies taking time off from what your job is and, in this case, refers to the curator in an attempt to not curate, but at the same time it is impossible to take that vacation S Yeah an Impossible Vacation That sounds about right to me Impossible Vacation is on view at White Flag Projects, in St Louis, MO through

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    1. mark monday on said:

      great actor with a sad ending but honestly this book gave me the creeps a slow kinda creep, but a creeping creepiness that eventually put me right off the book and the narrator there s one image in there that stuck with me and I really wish that image would go away yuck but I have to admire the honesty on display ok, one star for you, why not.

    2. Charissa on said:

      I read this book the month I left my ex husband and spent 10 days in Maui with my closest girlfriend at the time, Kendra Brock It was probably my first exposure to such raw self reflection and intimate self exposure, my first creative non fiction or fictional memoir I ve seen people call Spalding Grey narcissistic and self absorbed and adolescent and hedonistic Maybe I m so fond of him because I am all those things, I don t know I know that I admire his ability to so baldly lay all of his neuros [...]

    3. Jim on said:

      I miss Spalding Gray and his wasp version of Woody Allen type neurosis.The book is great, but if you can find the audio version with Spalding reading, it s even better The urgent, crazy energy of this man s performance is absolutely marvelous.

    4. Tim on said:

      This is called a novel, but it is like a series of anecdotes, much like the monologues the author excelled at It tells the story of one Brewster North, from his late teens to his late thirties, and like the rest of Gray s work, it seems mostly autobiographical There are many emotionally powerful moments here, scenes that provide insight into American culture and its changes over the years, interesting presentations of family life and life among the Boho set Gray s conversational style is better [...]

    5. Susan (the other Susan) on said:

      If I d read this for the first time after Gray s suicide, would it have seemed like a giant neon clue I m afraid the author s brutal end brutal to his family, certainly, and himself, and his fans will forever color his body of work Gray was all about the impossibility of sustaining happiness, and he seemed to define happiness as the elusive Perfect Moment I recall an interview in which he explained that he loved to ski fast, and that the speed skier is forced not to THINK I m skiing fast because [...]

    6. Karen on said:

      Why d you do it, Spalding Gray I wish you hadn t It makes me angry that I ll never read anything new of yours again And here I am acting like I m writing to you, not some web site Look what you ve made me do, Spalding Gray Take a look at me now.

    7. Catherine Hewitt on said:

      What a wild ride this book is and it s not for the prudish or melancholic The title is apt as the protagonist, Brewster North, tries to find a way to get away from his depression, mania, and neuroses by searching for the perfect vacation But, as the saying goes, Wherever you go, there you are He can t get away from his problems no matter how far he travels In fact, Brewster spirals into deeper confusion, panic, and anxiety as he travels to India and Europe where he tries to rid himself of his de [...]

    8. Elizabeth on said:

      A few thoughts on Gray s novel, which is the first thing I ve read of Spalding Gray s works.I think watching Soderbergh s And Everything is Going Fine was a good intro into Gray s distinctive voice obsessions However, many of the stories in Impossible Vacation were touched on in the film.While the story is about Brewster North s travels here in the US abroad, the abstract idea that eludes him is the ability to hang out a catchall term for being comfortable in the moment.North s interlude w anoth [...]

    9. Brittanie on said:

      8 52 2012 I love Spalding Grey and I m still saddened by his suicide I ve always been a fan of his monologues this will be the first fiction of his I ve read Just in time for mother s day.Finished it I pretty much loved it until the very end Or maybe a few chapters before the very end when it becomes first monotonous and then just falls apart It s a pretty thinly veiled account of Gray s actual life, from his travels to experimental theater to his work in porn Speaking of which there is a lot of [...]

    10. Anders on said:

      Spalding Gray is the only person I ve ever heard of whose art form was the monologue, who can be described as a monologuist This is his first and only novel, an autobiographical work executed lucidly and vividly His knack for storytelling is in full force here, and is a tremendous read It covers his childhood, mainly his experiences with his mother who suffered from bi polar disorder and took her own life in 1967, and his subsequent misadventures traveling around the world While searching for a [...]

    11. Kye Alfred Hillig on said:

      It s crazy to think that this novel was originally 1,900 pages Considering that the finished version was just a little over two hundred My god, how Spalding goes on a journey It is like a nonstop slideshow of human suffering, sex, art and spiritual searching There are so many memorable parts in this book He and the girl he is cheating on his girlfriend with go and buy strange masks so they can videotape themselves having sex His nervous breakdown when he is only awake for four hours of the day H [...]

    12. Andrea on said:

      This book was beautifully written and while reading it I was sorry I hadn t discovered Spalding Gray before and sorry that he killed himself I couldn t stop reading because of the way the writing flowed I admired the unsentimental and realistic way he described the mental illness of the narrator and the narrator s mother I will go look for Spalding Gray as soon as I can The book read like a memoir, though it was classified as a novel I will have to do research on Spalding Gray to see if my sen [...]

    13. Earle on said:

      A compelling read reminds me of Kerouac s On The Road but with drugs, booze and profligate sex It s particularly enlightening since I ve had such a sheltered life, not experiencing any of those things okay, but two out of three isn t bad The main character here is rather pathetic, you want things to turn out with a happy ending, but if this book is autobiographical, then it doesn t.

    14. Jenny on said:

      I adored this book mostly because I adore Spalding Gray and his version of eccentricity and mental anguish Also it s hilariously funny It s mostly a chronicle of how over a period of time he loses his shit it s about his emotional state and I think he does a great job of weaving his internal experience into external events and descriptions It s told in a very comforting, intimate, storyteller like voice and I had trouble putting it down His version of reality is unique and refreshing to me, even [...]

    15. Andrew Hecht on said:

      Before you read this book, you have to see Spaulding Gray s monologue, Monster in a Box, which essentially the describes the excruciating process the hypernuerotic Gray went through to write this book.I ve been a huge Spauling Gray fan since I discovered Swimming to Cambodia, both the movie and the book And I consider myself really lucky to have seen him in one of his last performances in New York before he tragically took his own life.

    16. Lauren on said:

      spaulding gray may he rest in peace as he committed suicide last year was one of the most eccentric and engaging strytellers i saw him performing live in his one man show monster in a box about 15 years ago this book was written about an alledgedly fictitious character called brewster north is brewster really spaulding i think so i loved this book as it opens spaulding gray s quirkiness to the public.

    17. Tim on said:

      I love this book I ve re read it like 20 times Hilarious I think everyone ought to read it We have it easy in America, but it is also very empty and confusing too The Founding Fathers ruined everything for us when they included the pursuit of happiness in the declaration Now we are doomed to run forever like race dogs chasing a mechanical rabbit my paraphrase I think he was right.

    18. Lauren on said:

      Each of us suffers some kind of malady But maladies can be okay when they re cherished and strained through the sieve of wandering, impulse and fantasy It s how Spalding Gray lived, and his is the beatific, fictionalized story told here.I love you, Mr Gray You understood madness I am sorry that you had to leave us early, but thank you for giving us what you did.

    19. Mary! on said:

      While I m a big Spalding Gray fan, this rambling semi autobiographical piece of complete dreck is one book I m ashamed to admit I own.

    20. Chris Sloyer on said:

      Found a signed copy of this in the used book section at Barnes and Noble Definitely a funny, crazy book and definitely not for prudes

    21. Courtney on said:

      What can I say when a book leaves you speechless This is pure genius work on these pages It s captivating and tugs at your heartstrings And makes you reflect on what you re doing in life I am head over heals in love with Impossible Vacation and would recommend it to anyone who is struggling or questioning the meaning of life Spalding Gray you were an amazing writer and this book is a gift to everyone Thank you thank you thank you

    22. Nada Djordjevich on said:

      Okay, Impossible Vacation doesn t really work as a novel It reads like one of Gray s monologues And if you ve heard Monster in a Box or Sex and Death at Age 14, then the protagonist, Brewster North, his mother, and his journey, will be familiar to you That said, it s still a good read Brewster moves through careers as an actor, a model, a storyteller, and through obsessions on meditation, marijuana, India, acting, porn, sex, and California At one point, his girlfriend s sister asks him, Brewster [...]

    23. Snotchocheez on said:

      I m not sure why I m drawn to the efforts of literary tortured souls like John Kennedy Toole, David Foster Wallace and the like Perhaps it s morbid curiosity, perhaps it s just to search for clues as to what the root sources are that caused them to snap Certainly Spalding Gray would be one of those troubled souls I ve had an affinity for Ever since watching Swimming to Cambodia over twenty years ago, I ve always had an arms distance appreciation for his talent A supremely talented monologuist, S [...]

    24. Kathleen Fowler on said:

      I have mixed feelings about this book I love Gray s monologues, and this was essentially the written equivalent As a matter of fact, those of you who have seen Gray s Monster in a Box might be interested to know that this book is that Monster, albeit pared down from its original monstrous 1,900 pages to a manageable 228 The trouble is that Gray s material works best when delivered by Gray himself When he delivers his monologues, the viewer is won over by his considerable charm and intelligence [...]

    25. Will on said:

      Edition 0 394 56894 X21I began to think that maybe I would like to be an actor It was not then a need for artistic expression as much as a discovery of a safe place to hide out in a state of controlled drama, knowing what the drama was going to be before stepping into it.45I d sit in the most delicious of places, the place of greatest hope, the purest, most delicious place of suspended desire and anticipation, that place just before action destroys perfection and leads to the completion of desir [...]

    26. Autumn on said:

      Read this book directly after reading Afterlands and Screwtape Letters, and have decided I need to take a break from neuroses and turn to something a bit other oriented This is my way of apologizing for the 2 star rating.Gray s novel is a thoughtful introspection, it feels like reading a personal journal complete with shame and mother obsession and all of the other nonsense that Freudian style psychoanalysis will tell someone is wrong with him Reading this also said so much about why his manusc [...]

    27. Laura on said:

      I read this book a while ago for book club Normally I enjoy a good downward spiral, life spinning out of control, woe is me tale But this one Not so much Why not I think even the author was disconnected from his narrative It was all surface and no depth If I m going to read about someone else s mental descent into hell, I like to learn something about life while I m doing it It doesn t even have to be something uplifting, it can just be a little instruction about why life is hell and how much ot [...]

    28. LB Deyo on said:

      I ve been a Spalding Gray fan for than twenty years I consider him to have been a near genius Swimming to Cambodia is one of my favorite films of all time So it was with the fondest anticipation that I picked up his novel Impossible Vacation Unfortunately, it was an almost incredibly terrible book One of the worst I ve ever read cover to cover, which I did only out of my devotion for the author It was rambling, sentimental, lugubrious, and vapid everything, in short, that his best onstage work [...]

    29. Aaron on said:

      I m on a kick to re read famed and dearly departed monologist Spalding Gray s entire oeuvre and I started with his one piece of fiction Of course, practically nothing in the book is fiction It displays all of Gray s usual strengths amazingly original observations that veer between laugh out loud hilarious and achingly sad and depressing It also features Gray s usual weaknesses it goes on too long and the ending is kind of a dud Still, this almost 20 year old novel has held up well and remains a [...]

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