Great piece. I'm sorry to see you go, Devin. As someone who read you and AICN for several years, it's been an incredible honor and a blast to be shoved into your world and be your colleague.
I haven't forgotten that two weeks after I started on AOL, you wrote me on MySpace, introduced yourself, and gave me a pep talk. To me, this was a sign I'd made it. I had such a trial by fire, with not a lot of encouragement or help, and you were one of the only nice voices out there.
People found that incredible -- it's weird, when I meet readers and fellow writers, the first thing they ask me isn't something like "Hey, what was Josh Brolin like?" or "How much do you get paid?", they ask me "What do you think of Devin Faraci?" And I always said the same thing -- "He was one of the first web guys to introduce themselves. He's a nice guy. He really is. Not a lot of people were nice to me, but he was."
Your advice was the one piece of advice I held onto -- if you're not pissing someone off, you're not doing your job. :P Being a young punk, I took that to some extremes -- we all do, I suppose -- but that advice made me braver than anything else that first year.
I remember this quirky shoutout
fondly too. I think we only talked once or twice that year, but it meant a lot. Having someone I respected and read acknowledge me at all made me feel like I'd made it. AND you got me into that RocknRolla roundtable just so Gerard Butler and I could make eyes at each other.
I'm anxious to see what you do next. I know it will be fantastic. You've worked hard and you've been a consistent and endlessly surprising voice.
Whether anyone agreed or disagreed, you made people talk and think, which is something sorely lacking in the wider world. Few take a stand. You always did.
You've inspired a lot of people, including me. You've made a lot of people live in fear of your approval, including me. We all tremble in your shadow. It's that imposing.
Happy trails. I wish we could have drank together more than once -- but then again, I don't think I could handle being THAT sick again.