Carr’s Carpetbagger Bagged


Kurt Andersen, writing in New York magazine a few weeks ago:

[David] Carr (whom I employed six years ago at is a quirky, entertaining, singular writer. I was pleasantly surprised when the paper of record hired and then promoted him to media columnist. But I was flabbergasted when they gave him a movie-awards blog (the Carpetbagger) and — the Times! — let him invent a weekly Web-video spot as a goofy man-on-the-street and celebrity-on-the-red-carpet interviewer. He’s produced three dozen so far.

There’s nothing else like them in mainstream media. He is preternaturally perfect for the Web — a friendly, wisecracking 50-year-old character with a Minnesota rasp, the very opposite of self-serious. His years at alternative weeklies make him “predisposed to try whatever. ‘Video would be nice,’ they said,” when the blog started. “And I thought, In for a penny, in for a pound. I said, ‘I’ll go around in Times Square and hop around like an idiot and that should be sufficient.'” His videos are an alt version of the Today show out in Rockefeller Plaza, or as if Tom Waits had Ryan Seacrest‘s job.

Carpetbagger, today:

Putting a Stake in the Bagger

The results are in and have been examined, teasted apart and deconstructed. Thanks to everyone who took the time to not only read the Bagger, but comment as well.


  • David Carr-Kurt Andersen Love-In Continues