Monday, June 10, 2019

David Carr - A List (part 2 from Friday's review)

All That You Leave Behind by Erin Lee Carr is a memoir of a father/daughter relationship. It's also about a journalist who died too young. The name David Carr rang a bell with me - I've read some columns or articles by him. From Erin's description, he sounded like a no-nonsense, old fashioned, pound the pavement journalist. He was a man of appetites - he worked hard, he played hard, he made friends, and kept connections. He was a memorable man.

At the end of the book, Erin Lee Carr has a list: Things I Learned From David Carr
Here are a few things that caught my eye and are worth noting as we all go through life.

Listen when you enter a room
Don't be the first one to talk, but if you do talk first, say something smart
You have to work the phones. Call people. Don't rely on emails
Ask people what mistakes they've made so you can get their shortcuts
Practice patience even though it's one of the hardest things to master
Remind yourself that nobody said this would be easy
Be generous with praise
Say what you mean and mean what you say

And finally - You are loved and you belong to me,  the world,  and  yourself.


  1. Be generous with praise - that's a good one.

    1. yes, so many were common sense and yet worthy of thought and use.

  2. what if you enter a room full of mimes?

  3. Good advice in that list. Practicing patience is one that I need more of.