Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Spy of the First Person (2017)
This Final Work by Sam Shepard Reveals His Struggle With Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Shepard explored his condition [ALS] through his writing — in vivid, precise prose that transformed his worsening symptoms into something akin to poetry. It is an unvarnished, intimate portrait of a man facing the end of his life, as he reflects on his past and observes how his own body has betrayed him.
When Shepard began working on “Spy of the First Person” in early 2016, he could still write by hand. But a few months later, as his illness worsened, that became impossible. So his daughter, Hannah, bought him a recorder, and would set it up by him and leave him to dictate in the garden of his home in Kentucky.
Sam Shepard, NY Times Obit.