David Carr was born on September 8, 1956 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received degrees in psychology and journalism from the University of Minnesota. He worked for an alternative weekly, Twin Cities Reader, and the Washington City Paper, before moving to New York. He wrote about media for a website, Inside.com, and was a contributing writer for publications including The Atlantic Monthly and New York magazine. He joined The New York Times in 2002 as a business reporter covering magazine publishing. He wrote about cultural subjects for The Times including the feature known as The Carpetbagger and a column entitled The Media Equation. His book, The Night of the Gun, was published in 2008 and dealt with the time in his life when he was addicted to crack cocaine. He died on February 12, 2015 at the age of 58.