David Carr is a reporter and the Media Equation columnist for "The New York Times" and has been a contributor to "New" "York "magazine and" The Atlantic Monthly." From 1993 to 1995" "he was editor of the "Twin Cities Reader" in Minneapolis. He lives with his family in Montclair, New Jersey.
New York Times columnist Carr found the devil-and worse-in the details of his former life as a junkie. Three years of reporting and videotaped interviews resulted in this page-turning reconstruction of his degradation and eventual redemption. As close to the "truth" as we've come in memoir and totally addictive. (LJ 9/1/08) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
The Night of the Gun is about as dark and murky as dark and
murky get. And though it is one of the most eloquent accounts of
the seduction and snare of addiction, what's gotten lost in the
water-cooler discussion about Carr's misadventures -- including
drug peddling as well as his bout with cancer -- is that this book,
in its sharp, serrated prose, is a meditation on how memory works
(but mostly how it doesn't), a man's obsessive effort to get at his
life's true narrative using the skills he's honed as a reporter,
the one piece of his life that didn't combust.
-- George Lynell, L.A. Times
The Night of the Gun is in part a writerly exercise in defense and disarmament--memoir in the throes of an existential crisis. But that does not prevent it from being a great read. This is largely because, in using his reporter's chops to investigate his own past, Carr taps the very skills that propelled him to survive. His method, as much as his madness, is the story.
The Night of the Gun, is the fierce, funny, disturbing, brutally honest, and ultimately uplifting story of Carr's decent into a self-inflicted hell and a bumpy return to life. Part investigative page-turner, part redemption song, part meditation on the mercurial nature of memory, The Night of the Gun pulls a besmirched genre out of the gutter, drags it through rehab, and returns it to a respectable place in society. And, if there is any justice, a place on the best-seller list.
-- Arianna Huffington on Veryshortlist.com
[A] fierce, self-lacerating tale....writing full of that special journalistic energy that is driven by a combination of reporting and intelligence.
--Pete Hamill, The New York Times
[A] remarkable narrative of redemption...He writes with grace and precision...With grit and a recovering user's candor, Mr. Carr has written an arresting tale...
-- Edward Kosner, The Wall Street Journal
After years of abuse, the memoir has found its white knight, galloping in to show how a personal story can be engrossing, shocking and true. Mr. Carr's book...practically issues a challenge to thosecurrent reigning kings -- David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, Ishmael Beah -- of the memoir genre: You get a video camera and tape recorder, and retrace the steps of your life. Will your story sound the same?...It adds up to a riveting, improbable story. More important, Mr. Carr has produced a work that stands to revive the excitement and thrill of reading about reporting. It's All the President's Men, but about a dude from Minnesota with a drug habit.
-- New York Observer Review of Books
He never asks for sympathy, but his skill and the way he has told his story deserves respect. The Night of the Gun is an amazingly honest and fascinating memoir.
-- Myrna Blyth, National Review
There may be no memoirist who has more skillfully used journalistic tools to reconstruct his own life than New York Times media columnist David Carr in his remarkable and harrowing book, The Night of the Gun....A.
--Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly
3 stars. It's an odyssey you'll find hard to forget.
-- Kim Hubbard, People