David Carr: Truth and Lies in Life and Art
David Carr (New York, USA)
Presented with the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University
February 3, 7:30PM
North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
With a 25-year career writing about media and how it intersects with business, culture and government, New York Times columnist David Carr talks about the blurring of lines between fact and fiction in life and in art. He dealt with the vagaries of memory in his 2008 autobiography The Night of the Gun, detailing his recovery from cocaine addiction. He employed his background as a journalist to interview people associated with his past to rebuild his missing years. Carr is also the subject of the fascinating documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011), giving unprecedented access to the newsroom of the esteemed institution at a pivotal time in its history.
>>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.<< L.A. Times
This lecture is part of the Capilano University Speaker Series and will be moderated by David Beers, founding editor of The Tyee and past senior editor at The Vancouver Sun, Mother Jones and the San Francisco Examiner.
Copies of The Night of The Gun will be available for sale at the event, and there will be a book signing with David Carr following the lecture.
A lecture by David Carr
Moderated by David Beers
Duration: 120 min
Tickets $28 | $25
capilanou.ca | 604.990.7810
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