Jim Carroll (1950-2009): Visionary poet and performer Jim Carroll passed away on September 11 at the age of 59. Carroll is best known for The Basketball Diaries, a journal kept during high school recounting his double life as an athlete and an addict, and he went on to earn a devoted following as a writer and as a performer with The Jim Carroll Band. A piece in the Harvard Crimson from 2005 notes that Carroll's fiction debut, tentatively titled The Petting Zoo, "should see the light of day sometime this year." Perhaps we'll see more from Carroll yet, who musician and friend Patti Smith has called "the best poet of his generation." [via New York Times]
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