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February 27, 2010

Writer David Carr's unconventional education

Valerie Strauss:

David Carr writes about media and culture for The New York Times, which is not why I wanted to interview him for this series. Rather, it was what Atlantic Monthly called his "joyous peculiarity" in this article.

Carr tells his own story in "The Night of the Gun," a beautifully written, funny yet wrenching memoir that spares nothing about the drug addiction and madness into which he descended, but, from which, almost unbelievably, he escaped.

Before going to The Times, he was a contributing writer for Atlantic and New York Magazine and was the media writer for He also worked at the alternativeCity Paper in Washington D.C., as editor.

A father with three daughters, Carr and his wife now live in Montclair, N.J. Here are excerpts from our conversation about his formal and informal education.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at February 27, 2010 3:14 AM
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