Drew Magary’s new book reveals a night that changed his life forever

“The story of every middle-aged father,” writes Drew Magary in the first pages of his memoir, “is the story of a man who unsuccessfully tries to hold on as he moves uncontrollably under him.”

Uncontrollably, indeed.

Magary was in New York City on December 5, 2018 for the annual Deadspin Awards at Irving Plaza, an event he hosted. The 42-year-old sports website writer was a happily married father of three with a busy life and plenty to be thankful for. The show went off without a hitch; “I made myself a glorious ass, all in keeping with the script,” he writes in “The Night the Lights Went Out: A Living Memory After Brain Damage” (Harmony), now out.

After the show, he and the rest of the Deadspin team headed to a nearby karaoke bar for more fun. He sang a Blur song. He drank a beer.

And soon after, his world fell apart.

The next thing he knew, he woke up in a hospital bed. It was now December 19th and Magary had been in an induced coma for two weeks. A nurse clarified the situation to him. “I hadn’t got into a fight,” he wrote. “I had inexplicably passed out in the living room hallway. On the way to the ground, I fractured my temporal bone in my skull because, again, I had no way to prepare for the impact. It was the first bone I had broken in my life, and I chose af-king doozy. The temporal bone is the hardest bone in the human body. To fracture it, you usually have to be assaulted, have a car accident, or get shot. Or you could fall and smash your head against a concrete floor. It might do the trick.

Magary had suffered from a subdural hematoma, a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him. As his family and friends gathered in his hospital room after the accident, they tried to face the odds that often seemed incredibly bleak. His parents, siblings, wife and children moved to New York City and settled into an Airbnb apartment.

The memoir explores the aftermath of the crash, including a frustrating and long-term recovery. Some of the damage was permanent. (As he notes in his author bio, “He lives in Maryland with his wife, three children, his dog and 95% of a working brain.”) It will be an enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys it. their recovery and their ideas of life served. with a side of ironic humor and a lot of sarcasm.

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