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Journalist David Carr Fact-Checks His Own Story

Aug 11, 2008 (Fresh Air)

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Hostile womanizer, award-winning editor, crack addict, bad parent, coke dealer, New York Times columnist — David Carr has been all of those, sometimes simultaneously.

But he doesn't know all the details — or isn't sure, after years of telling and retelling colorful anecdotes about himself, that he remembers them right.

So for his memoir The Night of the Gun, Carr put on his investigative-reporter hat to reconstruct his various sordid lives. He interviewed friends, ex-friends, family members and colleagues, all in the effort to document the man he has been, rather than the myth he's in the habit of spinning stories about.

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