What I Learned From David Carr

February 13, 2015 6:06 PM

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What I Learned From David Carr

In the summer of 1999, I was 26 years old. I'd just impetuously quit a job at Mother Jones magazine in San Francisco, packed up a Saturn wagon, and moved into my mother's basement in Washington, D.C. I had no job and no real prospects, and like many 26-year-old jobless journalists, I set about seeking "informational interviews" with various grandees in the hopes of stirring something up for myself. My friend Clara Jeffery, who had worked under Carr at the Washington City Paper, suggested I give him a call, and told me to use her name.

I knew nothing about Carr at that time. This was in Google's beta days, and if I had thought to look him up I would have simply found that he ran the City Paper and had written some stuff. He was just a name on a list of potential career saviors I was going down. I left a voicemail for him at his of...

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