8 March 2004
Swimming to Long Island Sound
Apparently that was Spalding Gray they pulled out of the East River over the weekend.
Gray, who hadn't been seen since January, had a long history of depression, and presumably committed suicide. In an interview in 1997, he had suggested an epitaph for himself: "An American Original: Troubled, Inner-Directed and Cannot Type." I'd swipe that for myself, except that I can type.
Spalding Gray was sixty-two years old. He leaves behind a wife, three children, and an impressive body of work.