Friday, February 11, 2011

dropping out

each time i hear jim carroll's song, 'it's too late' i get as excited as the last time. it is infectious, rockin', and as profound as we know jim can be.
the fact that jim's books of poetry continue to stay in print is comforting. the man was a brilliant writer, a visionary, and left behind a legacy that continues to thrill.

his book 'the basketball diaries' was made into a film in 1995. lucky for us the movie was made during leo's 'pretty phase' which dicaprio claims he is happy to have outgrown. gowing up is the main theme of this slice of jim carroll's life. his transformation from athlete to a life seriously outside the lines of the basketball court is the stuff of legend.

'You're growing up. And rain sort of remains on the branches of a tree that will someday rule the Earth. And it's good that there is rain. It clears the month of your sorry rainbow expressions, and it clears the streets of the silent armies... so we can dance.'- jim carroll

photos: jim's speaking voice was very special, very shaky/telling it like it was for him/leo and mark wahlberg in the film version

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