Read ✓ The Basketball Diaries 1963-1966 By Jim Carroll –

Read ✓ The Basketball Diaries 1963-1966 By Jim Carroll – The Urban Classic Coming Of Age Story About Sex, Drugs, And Basketball Jim Carroll Grew Up To Become A Renowned Poet And Punk Rocker But In This Memoir Of The Mid S, Set During His Coming Of Age From To , He Was A Rebellious Teenager Making A Place And A Name For Himself On The Unforgiving Streets Of New York City During These Years, He Chronicled His Experiences, And The Result Is A Diary Of Unparalleled Candor That Conveys His Alternately Hilarious And Terrifying Teenage Existence Here Is Carroll Prowling New York City Playing Basketball, Hustling, Stealing, Getting High, Getting Hooked, And Searching For Something Pure I Met Him In , And Already He Was Pretty Much Universally Recognized As The Best Poet Of His Generation The Work Was Sophisticated And Elegant He Had Beauty Patti Smith

10 thoughts on “The Basketball Diaries 1963-1966

  1. TK421 TK421 says:

    Before there was a cop on every corner in New York, there were some of the most interesting characters frolicking around, bounding up and down the streets as if they were players in a real life version of a very fucked up Wonderland Pimps and prostitutes and transvestites and junkies and businessmen and children and you name it all blended together and somehow figured out a way to live a somewhat harmonious existence in this concrete jungle T

  2. Lynx Lynx says:

    It s amazing to know Jim Carroll wrote this book when he was age 13 16, not only due to subject matter but for the undeniable talent that seeps through every page With Manhattan as his playground and local junkies, thieves and hooligans as his playmates, Carroll spirals from mild delinquent to full blown addict believing as all addicts first do that where others fail, he has it all under control.Those expecting this to be like the movie beware Ho

  3. RandomAnthony RandomAnthony says:

    The Basketball Diaries reminded me of an after school special look it up, kiddies gone very, very wrong And while I m sure this book attracts adherents because it s real or whatever I can t say the book held much of my interest Maybe The Basketball Diaries is one of those titles that when first published 1978 was considered cautionary and groundbreaking but needs too much license and contextualization in 2011 For example, these passage

  4. Carac Allison Carac Allison says:

    William Burroughs and Irvine Welsh wrote my favorite books about junk addiction I love Naked Lunch and I love Trainspotting.I don t think of Jim Carroll when I consider those two writers Because I don t think of Jim Carroll as a writer.I don t think of The Basketball Diaries when I consider those two novels Because The Basketball Diaries isn t fiction.Jim Carroll was a prodigy diarist and The Basketball Diaries is a personal journal of his addiction The

  5. Melki Melki says:

    Sex, drugs and stealing purses WINTER 1964My old lady found a nickel bag of grass in my hiding spot under the rug today and flushed it down the toilet She had a long talk with me and asked me if I was addicted to the stuff I told her it s heroin you get addicted to, not grass, and I think I finally convinced her She was not so convinced that she d give me back the five bucks though, when I asked her for it In fact, I think she got a little angry about it.

  6. David David says:

    Some bold lines Visceral and vivid, striking Perhaps I should have read this when I was a bit younger, but I still enjoyed it now Strong writing.

  7. Jessica Jessica says:

    I don t really remember a thing about this book except that I really did like it at the time that I read it, around age fourteen When the movie came out I cut school and drank some cough syrup or something and went to go see the matinee by myself This was in Leonardo DiCaprio s fleeting, long past early nineties moment of hotness, and in the movie which was bad he looked gorgeous and lanky leaping around on the basketball court in his Catholic schoolboy uniform d

  8. William Prystauk William Prystauk says:

    Carroll s diary chronicles his teenage years of drug addiction in New York City during the mid 1960s He tells the reader candidly about his addictions to glue, codeine and heroin, what he did to get it and all the sex he had along the way Most importantly, Carroll established a consistent tone and voice full of sardonic wit and he never flinched at revealing his life at the time For better or worse most assuredly worse Carroll has the guts to expose his ugly self to the

  9. Ben Ben says:

    The book where I felt transported to a place so different than the world I knew Still my favorite.And now for some recommendation riffage at TNBBC s The Next Best Book Blog

  10. Natalia Natalia says:

    If I had to chose one book as my favorite of all time, it would be The Basketball Diaries I ve basically lost track of the number of times I have reread it.The fact that the book is, in fact, Carroll s diary makes it so much real His experiences aren t censored and modified Instead, you are given an intimate and raw look into a portion of Carroll s teenage years and his struggles with substance abuse, as well as just growing up, in 1960 s New York City.

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