In the space of ten days in February, 2015, I lost two beloved friends: the music critic and radio host Andrew Patner and the journalist David Carr. I don’t think of them as necessarily similar in personality — each was far too singular to resemble anyone else — but they had in common a superhuman capacity for friendship, galvanizing the world around them, brightening every room they ever entered. As it happens, two books memorializing them came into my hands today: All That You Leave Behind, a memoir by David’s daughter Erin Lee Carr; and A Portrait in Four Movements, a compendium of Andrew’s writings on the Chicago Symphony, edited by Doug Shadle and John Schmidt. I was honored to write a foreword for the latter, in tribute to the man I called, on the day he died, “one of the wisest, wittiest, most generous, most avid, most altogether vital people in the world of the arts.” Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη, זיכרונו לברכה.
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