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"The journals are great reading... Ms. Casey does an excellent job of providing context, describing the arc of Gray's life as he moved from struggling young actor to established artist, and from chronically dissatisfied narcissist ('The worst fear is that I'll learn to be happy at last and then get sad when I see what I've missed.') to deeply loving and happy father... On almost every page there is a bitingly funny insight."

-- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times (November 16, 2011)

Writer & Editor

Nell Casey is the editor of three books: the national bestseller Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, An Uncertain Inheritance: Writers on Caring for Family and The Journals of Spalding Gray. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Slate, Salon, Elle, Town & Country and O: The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. Her fiction has been published in One Story. She was a Rosalynn Carter fellow for Mental Health Journalism and a founding member of Stories at the Moth, a non-profit storytelling organization. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children.


"Private secrets within performed secrets, unspoken confessions behind the public ones: that is what emerges from the pages of Spalding Gray's journals, a document of wrenching and exhilarating honesty, shot through with self-hatred but also with unremitting humor and irony. ... The book has been superbly edited and annotated by Nell Casey; she also provides an excellent introduction."

-- Daphne Merkin, Bookforum (Sept./Oct./Nov. 2011)

"What I love about working with Nell Casey is that she brings a variety of disparate and essential qualities to her editing including attention, patience, empathy, and literary skill. She is immensely open to what I'm trying to say, to all underlying ideas and emotions, but is also tough and clear about what it takes to communicate to the reader on the page. In our most intensive work together, I came away feeling--and this is perhaps the only time in my writing life that I've felt this--that the work was absolutely as good as it could have been."

-- Joshua Wolf Shenk, Author of Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs

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