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From David Carr 1956 2015 , the undeniably brilliant and dogged journalist Entertainment Weekly and author of the instant New York Times bestseller that the Chicago Sun Times called a compelling tale of drug abuse, despair, and, finally, hope 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 theFrom David Carr 1956 2015 , the undeniably brilliant and dogged journalist Entertainment Weekly and author of the instant New York Times bestseller that the Chicago Sun Times called a compelling tale of drug abuse, despair, and, finally, hope 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 harrowing and, in the end, miraculous than he allowed himself to remember Fierce, gritty, and remarkable, The Night of the Gun is an odyssey you ll find hard to forget People.


  • Title: The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life. His own.
  • Author: David Carr
  • ISBN: 9781416541530
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback

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David Carr

David Carr was a journalist who wrote for The New York Times His peers often praised him for his humility and candor Carr overcame an addiction to cocaine and wrote about his experiences as an addict in The Night of the Gun The New Yorker called it bracingly honest memoir In sharp and sometimes poetic prose, the author takes a detailed inventory of his years of drug addiction In February, 2015 he collapsed in the New York Times newsroom and was pronounced dead shortly after He was married to Jill Carr and had three children.


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  • Raven

    The concept of this book is great: as a former drug addict, David Carr has trouble recalling a great portion of his own life. Now an established reporter, Carr uses his reporting tools and techniques to uncover his own past. I believe everyone has a story, and I have no-doubt that Carr's is an interesting one. The research is promising, but the delivery needs serious work. I cannot get through this book. I have tried & tried. I cannot seem to read more than four pages at a time. I am intelli [...]


  • christa

    There are so few ways to deviate from the addiction memoir outline, short of posthumous publication. The plot lines are easy, like a murder mystery or a romance novel. Your hero is a drunk/junkie/bulimic/sex addict. Your hero faces a lifestyle change in which the options are extreme: change vs. death. Your hero dusts himself off [typically more than once], washes his hair, excavates the past for meaning and and writes something intelligible about how at one point he poked drugs into his eyeball [...]


  • Ashley

    This is perhaps the best memoir I have ever read. The approach Carr takes to this overbaked genre is unique and genre-busting. He reports on his own life--interviewing, researching, synthesizing--and ends up with an endlessly engaging, brutally honest tome about a remarkable life. His voice is gritty, kind of wiseguy-ish, full of easy slang, reminded me of Jim Knipfel (which I consider to be a huge compliment, by the way). I couldn't read this book fast enough, stayed up late in the evening to r [...]


  • Rachel Elizabeth

    UPDATE: Rest in peace, David Carr. Sending hopeful thoughts to your daughters.If I have learned anything from my life over the past couple of months -- obsessively watching prison documentaries, reading The Night of the Gun, volunteering -- it is that there is great courage and great utility in being honest about your past. Raising awareness of what you have done not only helps the world understand, it helps you complete your own recovery. So here is an admission: I have been in rehab too. Not f [...]


  • Paul

    Early on in this book, Carr asks whether the world needs another ‘drug memoir’. I can’t speak for the world, but this is probably only the third such book I’ve read so I, for one, aren’t burnt out on them yet.I found this book quite engaging. I’ve had my own problems with what we euphemistically call ‘substances’ so I can empathise with a lot of it and sympathise with the rest. Yes, Carr did some absolutely horrifying stuff under the influence of drugs. While I’ve never been in [...]


  • Patrick O'Neil

    The first half of the book was hard to read. Not because of the drug use, or the insanity that any human being's downward spiral consists of - dope fiend, or otherwise. No, the problem I had was I hated the narrator from the very first few pages. David Carr, or more specifically, Carr's behaviors and his lack of taking responsibilities, even now, years later. How he slapped his women around and treated others like shit. He even mentions this possibility, how the reader may not like him, and then [...]


  • Christina

    I think this will be my last drug memoir for a while. The author is so evidently and coolly cashing in. I"m sure he'll be a big hit on the literary seminar circuit.


  • Chloe

    Memory, as Proust has so eloquently recounted, is a tricky thing. What we remember of an event is tinted by our own life experiences, opportunities, failures, and in no small part the exigencies of a given situation. What I remember of, say, a car accident I was in when I was 16 could be entirely different from the recollection of the driver of the car I was in, not to mention the occupants of the car that hit us. When speaking of the memories of the addict, this tendency for amnesia-fueled hist [...]


  • Anne

    While I wanted to love this book, and it certainly provided some excellent gaper's block moments, overall I cannot say I would reccomend it. The concept is excellent: approaching a memoir from the perspective of a journalist. The result comes off as blowhard-y and bragadocious. Carr pretends to soul-search, but ultimately offers little in terms of wisdom about addiction or recovery. His descriptions of himself tend toward the hyperbolic. He was the WORST addict, the most THUGGISH white boy journ [...]


  • Anthony Breznican

    "You can't know the whole truth," says David Carr. "But if there is one, it lies in the space between people." 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 loser pulls out of the dive at a critical moment, rescues his infant twin daughters (or is it the other way around?) and rebuilds a shattered career to become a columnist for The New York Times.It's a harrowi [...]


  • Melanie

    2.5 I think. It was alright. I don't want to say anything bad about someone's personal story it's just that I thought the book was a bit too long. The thing that kept me most interested is that 3/4 of the book is set in Minneapolis where I live.


  • Paula

    Up until reading this memoir, I only knew about David Carr through his "carpetbagger" blog on NYTimes, in which Carr reports during Hollywood's awards season, and occasionally posts videos of his misadventures. What I noticed looking at the carpetbagger was the thick midwestern accent and the penchant for referring to himself in the third person ("the carpetbagger wandered into sundance"). It would never have occurred to me that this amiable and scratchy-voiced character could have been a raging [...]


  • Allan

    I bought this in an Audible sale a few months ago given that it sounded a little like Bill Clegg's memoirs, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir and Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery, both of which I had been fascinated by. It was only on closer inspection just before I started listening, that I realise that David Carr was the same journalist with whom I'd been extremely impressed by while watching the 2011 documentary, 'Page One: Inside the New York Times', when his previous addiction [...]


  • Cheryl

    David Carr was one of seven children born into a middle class family in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was always rather rebellious, and began taking drugs when he was still a teenager in high school. In The Night of the Gun, Carr traces his slow but steady descent into into the hellish world of addiction. He became a hard core crack cocaine addict, an abusive boyfriend, and an overweight, unemployed journalist. His behavior landed him in jail on numerous occasions. When his long time crack [...]


  • Kate

    This book is reporter David Carr's answer to James Frey. For Carr's "junkie memoir," instead of just recalling (or fabricating) the past, he actually visits and interviews the people he did drugs with, bought drugs from, or hurt during the 1980s while he was an addict. He interviews his lawyers, his ex-girlfriends, his counselors, and the twin daughters whose birth inspired his recovery. He hopes this tactic will help him test his own memories and discover who he really was under the influence o [...]


  • Marti

    Eh, Carr rubs me the wrong way. I know, it would be irresponsible of me to judge a book by how much I like (or don't like) its author. So I'll try not to.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 videotape them commenting on those dark days. (Carr also notes that this is uncomfortable.) Sure he digs up some useful info and reveals a lot about our own version of the truth vs. reality. But even that met [...]


  • Renata

    YES: I read this because after David Carr died I read a hundred tweets and articles about him and did not know who he was, but it seemed like I should rectify that, if belatedly.I couldn't put this book down. It's vicious in its honesty and self-awareness. I haven't read very many addiction memoirs but it's clear that Carr was familiar with the genre and makes frequent references to common tropes. I'd imagine Carr's writing is a cut above many similar works--indeed, he essentially says that's wh [...]


  • Rachael

    This book was like the addiction anti-memoir. I love how candid Carr is in his assessment of himself. He freely admits that the easy story would be that he was a generally good guy who took a couple of wrong turns and then got his life back on track. But instead, he tells the tough story: he was high, he was a jerk, he hit women, he left his twin baby girls in the car on a winter night while he went into a house to do drugs. I don't think memoir gets much more honest than this. It's a great stor [...]


  • Audacia Ray

    Fuck, I loved this book.On all layers, this was a memoir that I could really sink my teeth into (/read voraciously until done). Here's what's awesome about this book (in the precise ways that I like my memoirs, anyway):1. Carr doesn't paint a rosy picture of himself. He was a scary coke fiend, abusive towards his girlfriends, and a royal fuckup. He doesn't pretend otherwise, he stares himself right down.2. It consciously explores memory as a problematic thing and a living thing. And Carr has pro [...]


  • Diane

    If, like me, you thought, as you read the subtitle ("A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life. His own.") that this book would be held together by a thread of suspense about what really happened on one particular night, or during a particular period in the author's life, you, like me, will be disappointed. Carr is an excellent writer; funny, smart, wry, savvy but this story is by and about a man who is as limited as the next guy, something he frequently admits but almost as frequent [...]


  • Caitlin Constantine

    I loved the concept of this book very, very much, particularly as someone who writes memoir and is constantly struggling with notions of truth and reality and memory. Carr has all of these ideas about his life as an addict, but when he goes to fact-check them, like any responsible journalist would, he finds out that his recollection is often not in line with those possessed by others. Shocking, I know, considering that it sounds like Carr did, in the words of Robin Williams in "Good Will Hunting [...]


  • Cynthia

    As I am reading this book currently, I have thus far learned that drugs and alcohol give you selective memory and you can be a real jerk on them.Okay, I am crawling closer and closer to the end (I don't have as much time to read as I used to.) I hate to say it but I am now enjoying this book and beginning to kind of like David Carr. But how did his twin daughters survive without health or behavioral issues while their mother smoked crack while pregnant? I guess my ob-gyn was right many years ago [...]


  • Ruzz

    I never finished it. I was not engaged. not interested and not awed by his darkness (not nearly as awed as he is). Where Nikki Sixx droned on and on about his broken childhood and its role in his addiction, Carr refused to go near any sort of cause + effect. The book is fragmented and really more like a blog than a book because nothing ever leads to anything substantial. snippets of conversations of then badasses, now upstanding folk navel gazing about grouping around the crack pipe. or the nigh [...]


  • Greg

    I read this book by accident, but accidents happen and sometimes for a reason. This memoir is excellent. Yes, its a story of a very successful NY Times reporters harrowing life of addiction and eventual recovery, but it's really an investigative search for the truth of the ever changing narrative of our past and the stories we tell ourselves so that we can live with ourselves. A book i will try to remember. One paragraph looms larger than all and needs to be shared."Even if i had amazing recall, [...]


  • Stephen Lamb

    One of the fundamental questions that arises, when reading or writing memoir, is how much is true. This is the most insightful probing of that question that I have come across. Carr: "If, by virtue of neuroscience and human nature, every soul is a fiction of his own creation, what happens when those fictions come into conflict with someone else's memory of hard-and-fast events? Who wins? The one who tells the story the loudest? The one who remembers the most detail, however false? Or the one who [...]


  • Anastacia

    It's official. In my world, in my head, the memoir has jumped the shark. Want a book deal? Do drugs and be a hot mess for a few years! Know some famous people, for good measure!I am fascinated with drugs and the psychopharmacology aspect of how drugs affect the personality and, given that I'm a fan of memoirs, I thought I'd like this book. I guess I did at first, although I expected moreporting, if that makes sense. The copy trumpets that this book is different than any other memoir because Mr. [...]


  • Beth

    Years ago I met Carr on his book tour for Night of the Gun. His story grabbed me and I fully intended to read this Bio right away, but years passed, and sadly so did Carr. Night of the Gun landed in my hands once again this summer, and it was time. I did not exactly get what I expected, but I did get something better. The first half of the book was a struggle, one appalling party story after another with a jumbled timeline. I waded through, waiting for the part where he hits bottom and his recov [...]


  • Theresa Alan

    I liked this book because there were a whole lot of quotable lines that made me think. It’s not exactly a page turner since you know going in how things turned out, but I like tales of people who got to ridiculous lows and then triumphed after a lot of hard work. I think one of the more important parts of his story is how much the state of Minnesota did to help him get him back on his feet, first by paying for him to get six months of treatment (after treatment had not worked for him four time [...]


  • Lou Stellato

    Ugh I swore I'd never read another drug addict memoir and then I stupidly try again. Mixed in with the horror stories and regret is a great big stinking pile of "aww, but wasn't I cool and dangerous and dirty and what a time we had and weren't we rebels and those were the days and we were so fucked up but we lived to tell the tale" and then he ended up a big success. What a lesson. Boring self indulgent and annoying. Imagine if food addicts wrote memoirs with the same degree of bravado about the [...]


  • Caty

    Okay, besides the methodology, which is neat for a little bit, this book SUCKS. Pretentious epigraphs (from fucking Milton? REALLY?), recapitulating the old tired tropes of the supposed pathology of addiction while going through the pretense of supposedly being self-aware enough to deconstruct it, light sprinklings of whoraphobia (one of the Rules is not to fetch strippers tacos), and consistently mediocre writing.


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