Monday, September 14, 2009

Death of a street poet -- Jim Carroll

I had recently started listening again to Jim Carroll's great 1980 album, Catholic Boy. It's an album -- with its vivid descriptions of colorful street characters -- that I associate strongly with New York City, so, with my starting to go into New York regularly now for my coursework, it just felt natural to put Jim Carroll on my iPod as I walked that (sometimes!) magical City's streets. Carroll helped me fall in love with New York as a young adult and to see it as a place of infinite possibilities (even amid pain and suffering). So, I was saddened to hear yesterday that he had died on Friday (at the age of only 60). Thank you for everything you gave, Mr. Carroll!

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