Pause for Poetry: a Reading by Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll died on Sept 11, 2009

Jim Carroll died on Sept 11, 2009

This week’s Pause for Poetry focuses on legendary basketball player, poet, and musician

Jim Carroll, who died at age 60 on September 11, 2009 in Manhattan, NY.

Unlike most writers, Carroll was already a well-known writer when, at just 13 years old, Jack Karouac said, “Jim Carroll writes better prose than 89% of the novelists working today.” Carroll is probably best known for his book The Basketball Diaries, published in 1978, the actual diary he kept from ages 12 to 15, which chronicled a life of basketball, friendship, writing, and drugs in New York’s Lower East Side. 
This amazing little book, a slim volume, not only inspired the movie version in 1995, it inspired a generation of new writers, including your LA Books Examiner after reading it over and over again in 1989, launching an era of basketball and books (more basketball than books) that forever changed my life. I can honestly say that The Basketball Diaries was the first book I truly loved.  
With this in mind, let’s all hit the pause buttons on our lives for a few minutes to watch two of Jim Carroll’s most popular works in action. The first video is a haunting and beautiful excerpt from The Basketball Diaries and the second is a music video of the Jim Carroll Band from the soundtrack of the 1995 film.


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