The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Jim Carroll Dead at 60

Jim Carroll
New York Times obituary here.


Peteski said...


Pastor Z said...

G-berg and Georgie let their gimmicks go rotten
So they died of hepatitis in upper Manhattan
Sly in Vietnam took a bullet in the head
Bobby OD'd on Drano on the night that he was wed
They were two more friends of mine
Two more friends that died


marietta said...

hi Jim,Du bist nun im Licht-.Ruhe in Frieden.

rookgaroo said...

This is very sad, but what a life! And what a talent. So glad he escaped the fate of his friends in People Who Died.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Pastor Z said:
“They were two more friends of mine, Two more friends that died”

Our friends over at PowerPop have the video up

Tommy O'C said...

The photo Peteski linked is disturbing. Was Carroll suffering from a long-term illness at the end? He was alarmingly emaciated.

Fred said...

It is truly amazing that the man who wrote/lived the Basketball Diaries actually lived to see his 60th birthday.

Revelations said...

"Basketball Diaries" DVD a fave in the detox I worked at. Had to explain to them who Jim Carroll was in movie when he talks about he religiosity of shooting up. When is a blooper a blooper? When you o.d. ha, ha