The Basketball Diaries: The Classic about Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets
The Basketball Diaries The Classic about Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets Author:Jim Carroll The Basketball Diaries chronicles Jim Carroll's alternatively hilarious and horrifying urban coming-of-age from twelve to fifteen. The excerpts published in The Paris Review in the 1970s created a sensation -- a response that continues to this day. Here is Carroll prowling the streets of New Yor... more »k -- playing basketball, hustling, stealing, getting high, getting hooked, and searching for something pure.
Since the period covered in this book, Carroll has become a poet and rock performer of renown, but The Basketball Diaries continues to be the distillation of the Carroll charms -- wised-up wit, free-wheeling rebellion, and intense vision.« less
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I believe I wore the grooves out on Jim Carroll's "Catholic Boy" album. After reading the "Basketball diaries" I'm amazed he lived long enough to record it. Jim was inspired to start writing a diary at 12 after reading Jack Kerouac's "On the Road". It is a brutally honest look into life on the streets of New York. The progression into heroin addiction and the things he did to get the next high is chilling.