Novelist Processes His Recovery From a Traumatic Brain Injury in a New Memoir

(NPR) – One night in December 2018, the humorist and novelist Drew Magary had just hosted a comedy event and was at a karaoke bar in New York City celebrating. He performed “You Got Lucky” by Tom Petty – that’s a good tune – in front of a roomful of co-workers from Deadspin, the sports website.

Next, he crammed down a slice of pizza, grabbed a Miller Lite and walked through the hallway to the men’s room. And then he collapsed. Magary hit his head so hard that he cracked his skull in three places and suffered a catastrophic brain hemorrhage.

“The Night The Lights Went Out” is his riveting memoir of that night and the long recovery ahead. And he joins us now to talk about it. Hello. CONTINUE