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The Basketball Diaries

Author : Jim Carroll
ISBN : 0613132610
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Written between the ages of twelve and fifteen, this diary tells the story of Jim Carroll, a kid growing up stealing, hustling, getting high, playing basketball, and trying to find something pure on the streets of New York
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Forced Entries

Author : Jim Carroll
ISBN : UOM:39015020720606
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Recounts the atmosphere of New York City in the early Seventies and records his experiences with many now-famous bohemians and his waivering battles against drug addiction
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Petting Zoo

Author : Jim Carroll
ISBN : 9781101445266
Genre : Fiction
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A moving, vividly rendered novel from the late author of The Basketball Diaries. When poet, musician, and diarist Jim Carroll died in September 2009, he was putting the finishing touches on a potent work of fiction. The Petting Zoo tells the story of Billy Wolfram, an enigmatic thirty- eight-year-old artist who has become a hot star in the late-1980s New York art scene. As the novel opens, Billy, after viewing a show of Velázquez paintings, is so humbled and awed by their spiritual power that he suffers an emotional breakdown and withdraws to his Chelsea loft. In seclusion, Billy searches for the divine spark in his own work and life. Carroll's novel moves back and forth in time to present emblematic moments from Billy's life (his Irish Catholic upbringing, his teenage escapades, his evolution as an artist and meteoric rise to fame) and sharply etched portraits of the characters who mattered most to him, including his childhood friend Denny MacAbee, now a famous rock musician; his mentor, the unforgettable art dealer Max Bernbaum; and one extraordinary black bird. Marked by Carroll's sharp wit, hallucinatory imagery, and street-smart style, The Petting Zoo is a frank, haunting examination of one artist's personal and professional struggles.
Category: Fiction

Requiem For A Dream

Author : Hubert Selby
ISBN : 9781453239698
Genre : Fiction
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A tale of four people trapped by their addictions, the basis for the acclaimed Darren Aronofsky film, by the author of Last Exit to Brooklyn. Sara Goldfarb is devastated by the death of her husband. She spends her days watching game shows and obsessing over appearing on television as a contestant—and her prescription diet pills only accelerate her mania. Her son, Harry, is living in the streets with his friend Tyrone and girlfriend Marion, where they spend their days selling drugs and dreaming of escape. When their heroin supply dries up, all three descend into an abyss of dependence and despair, their lives, like Sara’s, doomed by the destructive power of drugs. Tragic and captivating, Requiem for a Dream is one of Selby’s most powerful works, and an indelible portrait of the ravages of addiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author’s estate.
Category: Fiction

Fear Of Dreaming

Author : Jim Carroll
ISBN : UOM:39015032749296
Genre : Poetry
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Fear of Dreaming collects all of Carroll's poems from Living at the Movies and most of The Book of Nods. While some of the poems originally published in The Book of Nods are not included in Fear of Dreaming, one of the "New York City Variations" originally left out of The Book of Nods can be found in Fear of Dreaming; this piece was originally published in Paris Review in 1985. In addition, the final section of the book, "New Work 1989-1993,"offers fifteen new poems and prose works. Among these are the short story "Curtis'sCharm" (which first appeared in Paris Review in 1993 and was adapted to film in 1996 by Canadian director John L'Ecuyer), and the poems "Fear of Dreaming," "Praying Mantis," and "To the National Endowment for the Arts."
Category: Poetry

Rebels Wit Attitude Subversive Rock Humorists

Author : Lain Ellis
ISBN : 9781458781000
Genre : Humor
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In Rebels Wit Attitude, music writer and professor Iain Ellis throws a spotlight on the history of humor as a weapon of anti-establishment rebellion, paying tribute to the great rebel humorists in American rock history and investigating comedy and laughter as the catalyst and main expressive force in these artists' work. The performers who are the subject of Ellis's study are not merely funny people - they are those whose art exudes defiance and resistance, whether aimed at social structures and mores, political systems, aesthetic practices, or the music industry itself. Subversive rock humor has emerged as a formidable force of modern art, building a reputation for rock music as a rebellious - sometimes dangerous - form of expression that can dismay the adult mainstream as it empowers the youth culture. In this study of rock's impact on youth through the decades, Ellis proves that the most subversive rock humorists serve as the conscience of our culture. They chastise pretensions, satirize hypocrisy, and pour scorn on power, corruption, and lies. Discussing the work of iconic figures as diverse as Chuck Berry, Lou Reed, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Beastie Boys, Missy Elliott, Ellis examines the nature of the rock humorist, asking why and in what ways each performer uses humor as a weapon of resistance to various status quos. The commentary on these artists' work is the basis for a deeper discussion of the historical foundations and other socio-cultural contexts of humorous art, and Ellis delves into the larger issues of politics, nationality, geography, generation, art, social class, race, gender and sexuality that surround his subject. The chapters, divided by decade, include introductory sections outlining each decade's defining forces and contextual features. While lyrics constitute Ellis's primary field of analysis, his exploration goes well beyond that, moving into a discussion and interpretation of image, performance, product, and musical content.
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Living At The Movies

Author : Jim Carroll
ISBN : 0140422900
Genre : Poetry
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The young poet sensitively records his thoughts on friendship, love, drugs, and poetry
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The Basketball Diaries

Author : Jim Carroll
ISBN : STANFORD:36105040274537
Genre : Entertainers
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Last Exit To Brooklyn

Author : Hubert Selby
ISBN : 9781453235393
Genre : Fiction
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“An extraordinary achievement . . . a vision of hell so stern it cannot be chuckled or raged aside.”—The New York Times Book Review A classic of postwar American literature, Last Exit to Brooklyn created shock waves upon its release in 1964 with its raw, vibrant language and startling revelations of New York City’s underbelly. The prostitutes, drunks, addicts, and johns of Selby’s Brooklyn are fierce and lonely creatures, desperately searching for a moment of transcendence amidst the decay and brutality of the waterfront—though none have any real hope of escape. Last Exit to Brooklyn offers a disturbing yet hauntingly sensitive portrayal of American life, and nearly fifty years after publication, it stands as a crucial and masterful work of modern fiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author’s estate.
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Drugstore Cowboy

Author : James Fogle
ISBN : 038530224X
Genre : Drama
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Bob Hughes, his wife, and two friends form a band of travelling junkies as they rob drugstores to support their drug habits and relieve their boredom
Category: Drama