One’s enjoyment of Gray’s debut essay collection is likely to hinge on whether one is a fan, or not, of the comedienne Kathy Griffin. Gray, a producer of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, has a number of famous and semifamous names to drop, Griffin chief among them. His insider dish is sure to appeal to the celebrity-obsessed, while young singletons are likely to identify with his struggle to make his way in New York City. Gray rose to a certain level of Internet fame via his much-followed Twitter account, a practice that shapes his pithy, breezy prose style. His writing is laden with pop-culture references and self-deprecating humor, though there are hints of depths not plumbed, particularly oft-mentioned bouts of depression. Too often Gray defaults to deflective humor, keeping readers at arm’s length with rapid-fire punch lines and outlandish, over-the-top pronouncements where a bit of reflection would be welcome. If the class-clown act begins to wear thin over the long haul of a full-length book, in short doses, Gray makes for an entertaining companion. --Patty Wetli
"Jack Gray is deeply funny and his book reminds me of a young David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs. Poignant, sarcastic, his stories are at times touching, often outrageous, always hilarious."
(Anderson Cooper, host of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°)
“Jack Gray always puts a smile on my face. This is a really funny book!”
(Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live and author of the New York Times Bestseller Most Talkative)
"Jack Gray's honestly self-effacing and hilarious writing evokes two immediate reactions: I want to be him and live that semi-fabulous work life. Or cook him a nice meal, do his laundry and set him up with my cousin."
(Nia Vardalos, Academy Award-nominated writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
"Hilarious. Touching. Impressive. Pigeon in the Crosswalk is laugh out loud funny—there's a guffaw on almost every page. It's an entertaining debut from a sensitive and perceptive voice who has managed to capture the anxieties of an entire generation. If you want to know how to make it in cable news; if you want to know what celebrities are really like; or if you just want to experience the pleasure of finding a great, new, young writer, I can't recommend it enough. Jack Gray has crossed the street."
(Michael Hastings, contributing editor for Rolling Stone, correspondent for BuzzFeed, and author of The New York Times Best Seller The Operators)
"This collection of Gray’s smalltown dreams and big-city ambitions has all of the shy charm of a favorite relative chatting to family over stiff drinks... With humor and heart, Gray uses his recollections as a sentimental, sassy mirror into his own personal and professional affairs."
“Addictive… Gray's insight and snarky, self-effacing humor make him someone you'd want at any dinner party.”
(Stephan Lee, Entertainment Weekly)
"Wise, warm, and often hilarious."