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Oct. 9 2008 3:54 PM

The Audio Book Club on The Night of the Gun

Our critics discuss David Carr's memoir.

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This month, the Audio Book Club ventures into R-rated territory with a discussion of The Night of the Gun, by David Carr. The story of Carr's descent into alcoholism and drug dependency, The Night of the Gun is, on the one hand, a typical addiction-and-recovery memoir. But Carr tries to add a new twist to the old genre by relying on his reporting skills, rather than just his memory, to reconstruct a more accurate personal history. Now a New York Times columnist, Carr interviews his friends, family, and ex-girlfriends, and digs through his old medical records in search of objective truth. Does Carr succeed at leaving convention behind? The 45-minute conversation explores this question and many others.

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If you'd like to get an early start on the next book-club selection, we've chosen F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Watch for—and listen to—our Audio Book Club about The Great Gatsby in November.

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Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.

Katie Roiphe, professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is the author of Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages and In Praise of Messy Lives.

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