New York Times columnist David Carr reads from and discusses The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own. In his book, 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.