It’s a rare thing for “discussion about the future of news” and “literary journalism” to co-exist in a single piece. In today’s New York Times, David Carr’s birds-eye treatment of the changing tides of the media has brought the two together with clarity, wisdom, and a bit of wit.

Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.