David Carr – New York Times Media Columnist and Best-Selling Author


“Recalling everything accurately is difficult because memories tend to lose their accuracy over time. David Carr highlights this in his book “The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life — His Own (Simon & Schuster, 2008, p. 12): “There is only so much space on any one person’s hard drive, and old memories are prone to replacement by newer ones…The power of a memory can be built through repetition, but is is the memory we are recalling when we speak, not the event.  And stories are annealed in the telling, edited by turns each time they are recalled until they become little more than chimeras.  People remember what they can live with more often than how the lived.”

David Carr died the other day at the age of 58.  I went to school with the Carr brothers.  David Car was in several of my…

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