On losing David Carr

With the passing of David Carr on February 13, the world has lost one of its great voices.

So much has already been written about him in the past week, but I wanted to note a few interesting things for your consideration.

In his March 9, 2014 Media column for the NY Times, Barely Keeping Up in TVs New Golden Age, he captured my own feelings about the struggle to ‘keep up’, and says this about books (that he’s not necessarily getting to) in this age of info and media overload:
I have a hierarchy: books I’d like to read, books I should read, books I should read by friends of mine and books I should read by friends of mine whom I am likely to bump into.

He recently joined the communications faculty at Boston University and taught an amazing class called “Press Play”. I refer you to the brilliant syllabus to this course, published on the blogging platform Medium. As noted in the February 15 Media column in the Times, David Carr’s Last Word on Journalism, Aimed at Students, the syllabus is, “perhaps David’s most succinct prescription for how to thrive in the digital age. It is also David in his purest form — at once blunt, funny, haughty, humble, demanding, endearing and unique.”

And here are just a couple of other links to remember David Carr.

An obituary from the Huffington Post

David Carr, book critic by Carlos Lozada

Reading David Carr – Colleagues reveling in the work of the beloved NY Times media columnist.

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Dan is currently the director of the Fanwood (NJ) Memorial Library. Since he accepted that position in 1997 he has dramatically taken this small suburban library into the 21st century with improvements in facilities, staffing and service. He has served locally, regionally and state wide on many civic and library related committees and boards. In his current position Dan gets to do it all, from overseeing web development, graphics design and renovations, to public relations and fund-raising, all while being the go-to-guy for overflowing toilets and salting the front walk.

With his colleague, Meg Kolaya, Dan started the consulting firm Library Connections that developed the nationally recognized and award-winning Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected project. They produced a customer service training video (updated in 2014) and website primarily for library staff to help them serve individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families more effectively. Dan and Meg have given many customer service and autism workshop presentations and keynote addresses, participated in conferences, taught online courses and consulted both locally and around the United States.

After hours, Dan continues his varied music career, now with well over 50 years of performing, singing and playing the guitar. He loves all kinds of music with a special fondness for vocalists (Hank Williams, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday and George Jones), bluegrass, honky-tonk, and acoustic roots country. Check www.dannyweiss.com to find out where to hear him next.