When one of my heroes dies, it seems I always learn about it first on Steve Sailer’s blog. I considered Carr to be the best columnist in the New York Times; in fact whenever I found myself bashing the Times, a voice in the back of my head would say “David Carr writes there so it can’t be all crap.” Indeed I think a large part of the incredible prestige and influence of The New York Times is that they are able to hire the most talented writers.

Carr was absolutely brilliant, and the fact that he was a real American with a real background who lived a real life, and not some spoiled pampered Ivy League elite, made his rise to the pinnacle of the intelligentsia all the more impressive.