The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of his Life--His Own
Do we remember only the stories we can live with?. The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for The New York Times. Built on sixty videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past. Carr's investigation of his own history reveals that his odyssey through addiction, recovery, cancer, and life as a single parent was far more harrowing -- and, in the end, more miraculous -- than he allowed himself to remember. Over the course of the book, he digs his way through a past that continues to evolve as he reports it.
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Something haunting in that line, and relevant to anyone regardless of whether they share Carr's story of self-destruction and recovery.
This reformed thug, drug addict and spiraling lo... ...more
I couldn't put this book down. It's vicious in its honesty and self-awareness. I haven't read very many addiction memoi... ...more
Carr's goal here is truth. But there is something so over-the-top and smug about using the memoir format to dig up past acquaintances and video... ...more