Zach Baron had heard rumors of a high school football rivalry between Jim Carroll and Gil Scott-Heron. He discusses it at The Daily. Alex Gilvarry talks to NPR about From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant. Edith Wharton: born into wealth, great writer, kinda awkward. Pay attention to this Leonard Cohen kid who has a poem in this week’s New Yorker. He’s gonna be huge. We’re living in William Gibson’s future. The New York Times on Gibson’s Distrust That Particular Flavor. At Slate: Matthew […]
At The Paris Review: A. N. Devers talks about the fur coats of Edward Gorey. At L Magazine: Thoughts on Jim Carroll’s first (and last) novel, Petting Zoo. At Nerve: Patti Smith and Michael Stipe pay tribute to Jean Genet. At 3:AM Magazine: In the wake of the “N” word being taken out of Huckleberry Finn, a look back at another literary cleanup.
Bites: The last days of a punk poet, King Dork banned?, the Dickens Question, Chicago Olympics, Park Slope protest, more
The New York Times on the last days of Jim Carroll. Lit. Frank Portman’s King Dork: future banned book? Every now and then, we just have to re-bring up the question “Why are we still reading Dickens?” (The Rumpus reminded us that The Guardian reminded us a few weeks ago.) Answer: good characters, good stories, social, historical, amusing, etc…. I’m glad we keep ending at the same conclusion. Famous novelists spies. Very cool. Tolkien, Greene, Maugham, Fleming… The Millions on […]
Bites: The Tolkien clan gets their due, People like 2666, Jim Carroll interviews, that guy who knows Chuck Norris, and more
“Jim Carroll, the punk rocker who spun engrossing tales of his crazy youth into “The Basketball Diaries,” died Friday in Manhattan, according to The New York Times. He was 60 and the cause of death was a heart attack.”