1. “David Carr, Times Critic and Champion of Media, Dies at 58.” The beloved media critic died after collapsing in the newsroom, his passing greeted with disbelief and tears by colleagues in journalism and beyond.
“A cancer survivor with a throaty croak of a speaking voice and a storklike posture, he was a curmudgeonly personality whose intellectual cockiness and unwillingness to suffer fools found their way into his prose. Mr. Carr became the embodiment of The Times as the surprise scene stealer of a 2011 documentary about the paper, Page One: Inside The New York Times, in which Mr. Carr is seen not only reporting stories but defending the honor of the paper against offhand insults. ’The moviemakers must have felt that they had found their Jimmy Breslin or their Hildy Johnson (the real and fictional archetypes of the crusty, hard-living journalist) when they found him,’ Michael Kinsley wrote in reviewing the film (not terribly favorably) for The Times. ’Mr. Carr is widely admired for his reporting, his intelligence and his Tough Old Coot routine.’ David Michael Carr was born Sept. 8, 1956, in Minneapolis, and grew up just outside the city in Hopkins, Minn. His father, John, owned men’s clothing stores, and his mother, Joan, was a schoolteacher. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he majored in psychology and journalism. He worked for an alternative weekly, Twin Cities Reader, and later, Washington City Paper, before moving to New York. He wrote about media for a website, Inside.com, and before joining The Times was a contributing writer for publications including The Atlantic Monthly and New York magazine.”