Substance Abuse David Carr, a well-respected NY Times journalist covering business, culture and government, overcame a cocaine addiction which tore apart his career and family. He was recently profiled in the acclaimed Sundance documentary "Page One". Carr and his memoir, "The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life: His Own", became an instant best-seller. In his book Carr interviews people from his past, tackling his memoir as if he were reporting on himself.
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New York Times reporter David Carr writes the weekly "Media Equation Column" and contributes pieces to the Culture section. But twenty years before he came to the Times, he was a hopeless coke addict and an alcoholic. He sobered up, obtained custody of his twin daughters, survived a bout of cancer and became a successful journalist.
His book "The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own" tells the story of his seemingly impossible journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for the New York Times. The book has become a best-seller.
In conceiving the book , Carr set out to fact-check his memory against on-the-ground reporting. Built on many videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a riviting tale of Carr reporting on his own past. Carr provides a funny and brutally honest look his life and the nature of memory.
Carr speaks about recovery, addiction, and personal accountability, reminding listeners that there is no such thing as "hopeless." Carr went from practical homelessness and chronic unemployment to a job at one of the nation's most prestigious media organizations, a journey of sobriety, hard work, and luck.
Carr began working at the Times in 2002 covering the magazine publishing industry for the Business section. Prior to arriving at the Times, Carr was a contributing writer for The Atlantic Monthly and New York Magazine; writer for Inside.com, a web news site focusing on the business of entertainment and publishing; and editor of the Washington City Paper, an alternative weekly in Washington D.C. for five years.