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March 09, 2004

Farewell Spaulding

Spaulding Gray is dead.

He washed up on shore in black courderoy pants, a fairly uninspiring way to be found. An unfitting end to a life of inspired honesty, and yet an honest one. It wasn't surprising. He told his family and friends that he would take his own life, and so he did.

Gray meant a lot to me as a writer with self in the subject. I wonder if he wrote his own eulogy somewhere, somehow it seems impossible for anyone other than him to tell us about him. And yet no writer ever knows how their work will effect others, so every tangent from his point of departure is his work in process. But he's no longer part of the process. Life isn't fair, and death can be sudden but reflection goes on. As we reflect on Spaulding Gray's reflections of himself, we are called to honest testimony of our own humanity and bridging the distance between lives lived and truth told.

Farewell Spaulding.

Posted by mbowen at March 9, 2004 02:03 PM

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If you haven't seen John Perry Barlow's words on Spaulding's disappearance you might like to see them. They are over at: http://barlow.typepad.com/barlowfriendz/ (The thread starts with his post: Is Spalding Gray Finally Swimming to Cambodia?)

Posted by: Leah Guildenstern at March 9, 2004 06:28 PM