R.I.P. Lucien Carr, 1926-2005

Lucien Carr, Gordon Joseloff, and Gary Paul Gates at UPI reunion, Oct. 2003. Beat luminari, killer, and wire service journalist Lucien Carr, one of the most interesting characters with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work, passed away Friday. Who was Lou Carr? Read his obituary in The New York Times, The Washington Post (free registration required), the Guardian and other major newspapers. CNN’s news ticker Saturday also mentioned Carr’s death .Here are a few details about his life: Carr is generally credited with catalyzing the Beat Generation movement of writers and artists, when he introduced his mutual friends Allen […]

My Predictions for 2005

I’m generally skeptical that any new year will bring mark changes. However, for the first time in many years, I foresee six marked changes in the online publishing will occur this year: (1). The most obvious will that verbal bloodshed will erupt between the faction of pundits who believe that the future of news publishing will belong to ‘citizen journalists’ and the faction who believes that readers will still prefer to have professionals investigating and reporting the news. The first sanguined skirmishes have begun (such as this report about ‘Memogate’). A French observer, Bertrand Pecquerie, director of the World Editors […]