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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Immersed In The World Through Writing

“I'm still a firm believer that we were definitely put here to use our minds, and that is what makes us different. And that that's the key. If there is anything that is going to stop mankind from being such a beastly, destructive creature, it is reason.“ – Caleb Carr

Born in Manhattan on Aug. 2, 1955, Carr is a leading military historian and a bestselling writer of such books as The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, and Killing Time.   In addition to his writing he has been a professor of military history at Bard College, and is a much sought-after consultant and writer for film, television, and the theater.

Carr grew up in a household where his father was close friends with many famous writers and artists, including bestselling authors William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg.  He said their constant presence in his home made him both never want to be a fiction writer and always wanting to be one.    After studying at Kenyon College (Ohio) and New York University, where he earned a degree in military and diplomatic history, he started his writing career in 1980.  His military and political writings have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals, among them The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.      And, Carr is a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.

 “I'm a fairly ascetic person,” he said of his writing style.  “I do most of my writing at night. You don't get distracted, your brain goes into what you are writing about, into the world you're writing about, rather than into the world you're in.”

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