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Carpetbagger 3.0 Live at NYT

Carr may change, but rest assured Mr. Spoon doesn't need a makeover (Photo: STV)

By S.T. VanAirsdale

It brings such joy to my holiday stricken heart to see the Father of The Reeler, David Carr, pull up in the driveway this time every year. But whereas last year I had at least a little bit of advance notice to clean up around the house before his arrival, this morning he pretty much just dropped in unannounced -- and unrecognizable:

Take a good long look at that new logo hanging over the proceedings above us. The Bagger has gone all jaunty. During the off-season, corporate did extensive consumer research and discovered that the rumpled, over-the-hill version of the Bagger was in need of updating. ... In fact, one reason that he is coming to the Oscar game so late this year is that he is undergoing hair transplants, having some vocal nodes shaved down, and working the yoga mat to increase his flexibility.

The hoarse, ducks-honking-on-a-windy-day on-camera voice? Out. The coat that looks like it has been borrowed from a homeless person? Gone. The interview style that seems like a version of Tourette’s? History. The posture, with its resemblance to a capital “C”? Forbidden.

Please, David -- don't go changing for us. Oh, and look: He even wrote something about movies! One day down, 100 to go. Welcome back, fella.

Posted at November 26, 2007 4:36 PM

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