Actor and monologist Spalding Gray’s suicide was all the more upsetting because he was an artist who seemed so intensely engaged with life. It seemed to say something a little unpleasant about life itself that he should choose to leave it behind. Although as Steven Soderbergh’s new documentary makes abundantly clear, Gray’s lifelong fascination with death was hardly a secret. Theresa Smalec interviewed Gray on January 9th, 2004, the day before his disappearance. Here she reviews Soderbergh’s film which is – appropriately enough – narrated entirely by Gray himself.