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Thank you to Brian Dube at www.newyorkdailyphoto.blogspot.com for use of the photo:
In Memory of
AN AMERICAN ECCENTRIC
(AND VERY GOOD MEDIUM...)
THIS TREE IS DEDICATED TO OUR BELOVED FRIEND. JANUARY, 2005
Note from Webmaster: I think the tree is a white birch(?). Please send me an email if you can take other pics for me. I'd like to start a gallery of pictures from say different angles/close up of plaque. Also I would like a few seeds from the tree...
Photos © Russ Smith - special thanks to Russ for making the special trip to take these photos.
the self-portrait quoted on Spalding's tombstone:
'Inner-directed, troubled and can-not type'
Photo of Cemetery by Fred Saar. Thanks to James Bankston for the research.
June 5, 1941 - Jan. 10,2004
Beloved Husband, Father, Husband and Friend
"An American Original, Troubled, Inner-Directed, and Can-Not Type"
Photo of grave stone copyright by William Demastes from Spalding Gray's America
(all pictures used with permission and strictly copyrighted)
The NYC Memorial, April 13th, 2004
Update - April 27, 2004: I am very excited today, I am posting Day 1 of my diary. Periodic updates will mean more days. Just click on the day, and up comes that day's story. Best to be read out loud. If you like it, tell me, your friends (especially agents and publishers), and consider a donation to the Spalding Gray Memorial Scholarship fund.
(The holes and wrinkles were caused by a thunderstorm, walking from 51st to 59th after Memorial!)
Update - March 8, 2004: Today they found the body of Spalding Gray in the East River where the Staten Island ferry crosses.
I sent this zencard to his family:
"I guess perhaps you wondered what you would do today. I wondered what i would say. I really have nothing to say except Spalding was a sage crossing the river, and fortunately for many, he left some brilliance behind before crossing over..."
found your body today
now we know you're away
for us you will stay...
In thought with you and your family...
To Russ C. Smith of Chocolate Media, thank you for sharing your poem Finding Gray: