Monday, July 21, 2008

Must Read: The Night of the Gun

Today's NY Times has a stunning article about addiction, recovery, and parenting by David Carr, the paper's media columnist and culture reporter. It's lovely as a straight-up morality tale, but what I like most is the way he writes the piece while reflecting on the conventions of the junkie narrative.

Me and My Girls
Published: July 20, 2008
What if I told you I was a fat thug who beat up women and sold bad coke? Now what if I said that I was a recovered crack addict who got custody of my twin girls, got us off welfare and raised them? Both are the story of my life.

When I saw the title in the Times' most-emailed-stories list, I thought the piece would be about breasts or breast cancer. A friend has always called her breasts 'the girls,' and my friends and I have adopted it. In reality, the piece is adapted from David Carr's new memoir, The Night of the Gun. Which I plan to read soonest.