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America Needs More Fiction Journalists?

Here's an interesting little item from the New York Post on Times media writer David Carr's apparently successful foray into authorship.

New York Times media columnist David Carr has sold his memoirs of drug addiction and redemption to Simon & Schuster. "David is doing a book about the nature of memory and storytelling told through his own personal history," said Philippa "Flip" Brophy, his agent at Sterling Lord.

One industry source said that the heated auction had fetched a price north of $300,000.

"We're thrilled to have a chance to publish a book from one of the finest non-fiction journalists of our time," David Rosenthal, publisher of industry giant Simon & Schuster said.

Carr was the editor of Washington City Paper, worked at the defunct Powerful Media and was a contributor to Atlantic Monthly when he was hired by Howell Raines as a media reporter at the New York Times. But Rosenthal said the book was not expected to delve into his days at the Gray Lady.

This isn't a knock against Carr -- whose work I like --  but isn't drug-addiction-and-recovery getting to be a tired topic? (If that's the criteria for literary glory, my old BU dorm was just chock full of potential bestselling writers.)

But my favorite part of the item is the publisher's quote that Carr is "one of the finest non-fiction journalists of our time." OK. I realize the industry's had its share of fabrication scandals in recent years. But isn't all journalism supposed to be non-fiction?

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