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The Basketball Diaries: The Classic about Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets

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I liked it because Jim was a regular guy and not a celebrity sharing his life story as so many of these book are. I’m so glad Carroll didn’t use his teenage writings as a source to look back into his past, but presented them as “then and there”.

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. The book also discussed what life was like for war babies—people who grew up under the constant fear of nuclear annihilation during the Cold War—and the difficulty in remaining neutral in the 1960s antiwar debate. Regardless, Carrol’s memories of this time evoke a sense of innocence that is about to be corrupted in a manner that can never be uncorrupted.After you read this book you will move there because you’ll be addicted to the literary electricity in this book.

bridge, cross over into the Bronx, shimmy to get down to the railroad tracks to get down to the cut(which is the name of the huge rock you jump off.

Did he know that his life was only going to get darker and decide that the reader was no longer invited on his journey? The entries during this time are slowly built upon, giving the reader a unique insight into the vast array of New York City. Likewise, some sexually transmitted diseases, like gonorrhea, can often be treated by easily obtained prescription antibiotics. Was just reminded of this book - it has been some years since I read it, but will be reading it again.

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