David Carr, the Origins of Genius, and Sad Legacy of Brian Williams, aka Mr. Vanilla... | Paul LaRosa

February 18, 2015 2:10 PM

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When New York Times writer David Carr died last week, we all lost a unique individual and writer we won't see the likes of for a long time. Why? Because of that word "unique." The Times has tons of writers around the world but not a single one like David Carr. His experiences as a cocaine addict, a cancer survivor, and the psychic pain of temporarily losing his twin daughters to foster care -- those are experiences he alone had and you cannot manufacture them. They made him a fascinating writer and, even if he did not reference those experiences in every column, they informed who he was.

At the risk of stating the obvious, we're all the sum total of our experiences and those experiences make us who we are. Later on, you cannot relive your life to make it more interesting. Scratch a great artist or person -- someone truly unique -- and you generally find a man or woman who's either h...

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