People Who Died: Jim Carroll

Jim CarrollSad.  Punk poet Jim Carroll, author of “The Basketball Diaries,”  died of a heart attack in his Manhattan apartment on Friday.  He was 60.

I happened to see him read, or rather struggle and shuffle and digress in the attempt to read, at the Brooklyn Book Festival two years ago.  He looked aged beyond his years, but was still scrappy and engaging.

Jim Carroll, I salute you brother. Read the New York Times obit here.

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