4:36 pm May. 29, 2012
Marina Keegan's budding career in New York media was cut short when she was killed in a car crash over the holiday weekend.
But it was clear from the tributes that popped up online Tuesday that the high-achieving 22-year-old recent Yale grad had made a strong impression on the editors and publications she worked with during her days as an undergrad.
"I don't know what to say," Paris Review editor Lorin Stein told Capital. "She was just a wonderful young person."
Keegan had interned with The Paris Review this past spring, reviewing manuscripts. Stein shared some thoughts about her this morning in a post on Paris Review Daily.
"She was funny, self-assured, blazingly bright, full of mature dedication, and passionate for life," he wrote. "Our hearts go out to her family and friends."
Keegan had also interned for The New Yorker's fiction department and contributed to its books blog. A spokesperson confirmed that she was set to start a job as assistant to the general counsel on June 11.
"By all accounts, she was an extraordinary presence," the magazine wrote in a post on its news blog this afternoon. "Her colleagues at The New Yorker were eagerly anticipating her return, and their thoughts, as well as those of the wider staff, are with her family and friends."
Keegan was also remembered on The New York Times' DealBook vertical, for which she had written a guest column during her downtime as a senior English major. Fellow Yale alumnus and DealBook contributor William Alden described her admiringly as a "writer with a cleareyed sense of purpose."
Keegan died Saturday afternoon just days after graduation when her boyfriend lost control of his car while driving in Cape Cod. She had been looking forward to moving to Williamsburg with friends, according to the Daily News.
“She loved New York; she loved the energy,” Keegan's mother told the paper. “She couldn’t wait."