At one time or another, we all have been inspired by someone. Whether it be a teacher, coach, peer, sibling, parent or even a spouse (my wife inspires me every day!)
Along with being a Junior College basketball coach, I also love to write. As you know I am the author of this blog (which by the way is going to be 2 years old this October) and I am also working on a couple of books (LOL, who would’ve thought I could write a book, right? I struggled to get C’s in Holy Name!)
Anyway, some of my inspiration for writing comes from Jim Carroll. It saddened me to hear of his death back on September 11. When I saw the movie ‘Basketball Diaries’, I went out and read the book-it really motivated me to write about my teenage days of growing up on 9th avenue; hence, ‘Container Diaries’.
In his teens, Jim, a scholarship student at the elite Trinity School and fledgling heroin addict, was a high-school basketball star who shot jumpers on the same courts as Lew Alcindor. The journal he kept between the ages of 14 and 16 — dark comic accounts of ducking class to cop drugs, steal cars and hustle in Times Square — earned the praise ofJack Kerouac and later became “The Basketball Diaries.”
Jim Carroll and his band performing a great song…
Jim Carroll, Rest in Peace