Rest in Peace, David Carr: New York Times media critic David Carr died yesterday, at the age of 58. He was one of the most well-regarded media reporters in the country, the author of the memoir "The Night of the Gun," about his addiction to crack cocaine in the 1980s, and an inspiration to many journalists, this one included. He got his start in alt-weeklies: He was an editor of the now-defunct Twin Cities Reader in Minnesota and was the editor of the Washington City Paper from 1995 to 2000. You can read many of the articles he wrote for the D.C. paper here, including this story, which has an opening that's a marvelous example of Carr's insight and sense of humor: "Journalists are the most craven recognition freaks on the planet. We make our mistakes in public because we want our innermost thoughts pasted on the refrigerator of American consciousness."
The Stranger, "Meet the Sex Workers Who Lawmakers Don't Believe Exist" "If there is 1 percent of women who are being sold in prostitution who are happy with that life, if 1 percent—I don't think I've ever met anyone who is—but if there is 1 percent of them, that doesn't mean we should turn our backs to the 99 percent of them who continue to be abused in our community," said prosecuting attorney Dan Satterberg, of Washington state, at an anti-trafficking event in January. But are 99 percent of sex workers really victims of sex trafficking or abuse? The Stranger investigates, talking to sex workers and sex-worker advocates and parsing the myriad problematic studies about sex workers. (Related: City Paper had a Q&A with Dan Savage, The Stranger's editorial director, this week and in it he discusses his views on sex work.)
Eugene Weekly, "The Bear Necessities" A writer in Oregon takes a dive into the local "burly, handsome scene" of bears. She talks to many self-described bears, who explain that identifying as a bear is a way to find a place as someone who doesn't fit the mainstream culture's conception of a gay man in America. And there's a pretty in-depth explanation of the different subcategories of bear-dom: "Together they tick off more subcategories: 'polar bears'—bears that are older with gray or white hair; 'daddy bears,' or older bears that prefer cubs for partners; and 'grizzly bears,' or dominant bears of extreme stature or hairiness. The list—'musclebear,' 'black bear,' 'bear hunter,' 'panda bear,' 'ewok'—goes on on and on."