Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wherein we get to Writers Recommend at TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog and so we do by getting all The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll.

So totally Writers Recommend indeed. And so totally appreciative we are. Excerpt? Word.

"I re-read books as a boy, I was ravenous for words and the escape and balm they provided, and some books filled the chasm for me again, and again, CarrieThe Catcher in the RyeThe OutsidersFlowers in the AtticThen Again, Maybe I Won’tThe Chocolate War, and so many others, but none of them was The Basketball Diaries.

            It was electric, and real time, all live wire, and nerve endings, a mash-up of masturbation, drugs, sports, underage sex, predators, crime, writing, hustle, art, New York City in the mid-sixties, and people love to talk about cities, especially New York City as characters in stories, but usually they don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about, here though New York City was oozing and fresh, and another breathing slice of a book, that was so graphic, vivid, and fraught with gunk and stickiness, it was like watching a documentary."

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