Jennifer Senior profiles her former colleague David Carr in this week’s New York. In a welcome curveball, she focuses not on his recovery from drug addiction but on his transformation from misogynistic creep to loving husband and father, which she argues was "the real redemptive story in David’s life, even if it’s a less dramatic one than kicking a coke habit."
The main revelation in the piece is that for all his honesty, there was a lot of stuff Mr. Carr couldn’t bring himself to cover in the book, or removed from the final version at the urging of friends. A lot of this material apparently concerned the "busy" and reckless sex life that he led as an addict: "People said, ‘There’s enough sort of misogyny and objectification without this kind of fratty stuff.’… It made me seem like a thug and a player, and that was one tick of grossness too many."
Mr. Carr tells Ms. Senior that the biggest reason he wrote the book was that he’d "read others like it and thought [he] could do a better job." Also, don’t say we didn’t warn you: "I am working to enrich a modern or post-modern subgenre that prolly shouldn’t exist. In the first place."
One lovely if ambiguous detail Ms. Senior includes near the end of her piece is that after the Times Magazine excerpt became available to people in the Times newsroom, it was mainly female colleagues who came to him with reactions. "No dudes want to talk," Mr. Carr tells Ms. Senior. "All women."