Monday, February 16, 2015

David Carr, RIP

News Note: A very bad week for journalism was capped by the death of media writer David Carr, who collapsed at his New York Times desk Thursday night.

Writing Advice

Q: “Your favorite cure for writer’s block?”

A: “Typing.”

Q: “What is the best piece of writing/journalistic advice you’ve ever received?”

A: “Keep typing until it turns into writing.” 

—David Carr (1956-2015), New York Times media writer, in 2013 reddit Q&A  

Editorial Comment: Carr’s 2008 autobiography, The Night of the Gun, ends with this: “We all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end any time soon.” RIP

NYTimes Obit, David Carr, Times Critic and Champion of Media, Dies at 58

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

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