The NYT has a moving piece on the making of Spy of the First Person, the late Sam Shepard’s final, posthumous work, and one that explored his last months of life suffering from the worsening symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease).
The unnamed narrator of “Spy of the First Person,” the final work by the playwright Sam Shepard, suffers from a degenerative disease that leaves him immobile, disconnected from his own body but keenly, painfully aware of his surroundings and his meandering consciousness.
“Nothing seems to be working now. Hands. Arms. Legs. Nothing. I just lie here,” he writes. “Waiting for someone to find me. I just look up at the sky.”