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by Jim Carroll

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Too weird; I didn't empathize with the humanity of the (I almost said character!) author as I did in the first memoir by him. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I've read this book over and over, though I've only read the Basketball Diaries once. This diary takes place in the early 70's, when Jim Carroll is the new hotshot poet on the block (imagine a world where it's possible to even be a hotshot poet!), hanging out at the Factory with Andy Warhol, having Allen Ginsberg sleep on his couch, and getting tongue tied around Bob Dylan. And of course there are drugs. Lots and lots of Warholian superstar drugs. The writing style is unpretentious and funny, which is what inspires multiple readings. ( )
  jescat | Aug 13, 2013 |
Jim Carroll is one of my favorite poets and he died recently so I decided to read all of his books and listen to his records. I loved this book. He has a great way of making sad, scary situations comedic. Somehow he makes it work. This is a memoir before they became fashionable and believe me, Jim Carroll is never fashionable! He's like that tiger in a china shop but you just love him! In the 70's I wanted to be just like him, with the old, cracked leather jacket and ripped jeans and surly attitude. I couldn't keep it up...
I recommend this book for all people that enjoy historical stories about someone real.
  AnitaM2011 | Sep 13, 2011 |
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Recounts the atmosphere of New York City in the early Seventies and records his experiences with many now-famous bohemians and his waivering battles against drug addiction.

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