David Carr briefly graced the Journalism + Design Program on the evening of Feb. 5, 2015, when he generously served as the moderator for our event, “Serial” and the Podcast Explosion. At first, everyone thought that Sarah Koenig would be the big draw, but David, despite describing himself as the “potted plant” of the evening, quickly and unequivocally became the focal point for his humor, his uncanny insight, and his turn of phrase.
We were stunned and saddened to hear of David’s death on Feb. 12, just a week after we met him and just a few hours after he appeared at The New School for another event. It’s still hard to believe that someone who was so witty, so sharp, so full of wisecracks, and of wisdom, has gone so suddenly.
Below is our own small tribute to David, a compilation of some of his best remarks from that evening at Journalism + Design. We feel immensely lucky that we had the chance to meet him and hear him speak.