Dear BikeNewBlack, People Who Died

Dear BNB,
Bummer about Swayze. Point Break really is a great piece of American cinema. Fuck the haters. Every teenage boy in '91 that wanted to be Michael Jordan, also wanted to be Bodhi. But what about Jim Carroll? No mention of him? Some punk purest you are.
-FBI Agent Utah

Dear Johnny,
I was never really much of a Jordan fan. I liked Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle and Clyde Drexler, or, you know, anybody that was playing against the Bulls.
But I get what you're saying, and I agree, Bodhi was...no wait..is an icon. As Lori Petty, looking the cutest she ever has, so eloquently states, "He's a modern savage. He's a real searcher." What's he's searching for? "The ultimate ride." So Simple, yet so alluring. Fuck yeah, I wanted to be that guy.
Punk purest ya say?
I don't even know what that means. Nor do I possess the literary skills required to properly dissect what seems to be an odd pairing words-punk and pure. I'll just say that a punk purest, I am not.
I have to admit, I did not know that Jim Carroll passed away, until earlier today.
Like many others my age, I was first introduced to Carroll via a sensimilla concussed viewing of The Basketball Diaries-the film adaptation of his teenage memoirs. In those days, all it took was to dangle the punk rock worm in front of my face and I'd at least take a nibble. Add drugs, and basketball and I'd swallow the bait-hook, line and sinker. For a period of time, albeit brief, I immersed myself in Carroll's world, reading his poetry, laying in bed, listening to People Who Died on my Walkman and even going so far as to get really stoned before intramural basketball games. It was a short run though. Not sure why? Maybe it was too much, too soon. I actually never finished reading all the way through The Basketball Diaries. Maybe I had grown tired of the junkie shit. Maybe, for me, at that time, it wasn't punk enough. Who knows? Regardless, historically speaking, the impact punks like Carroll have made on art, culture, and economics is immeasurable. I am saddened that yet another iconic punk figure has passed. Cheers Jim.
And, no, when I say another, I am not referring to Patrick Swayze. Although, his passing is equally as sad.


  1. The impact punks have made on art, culture and economics is immeasurable??? Care to elaborate?

  2. Thanks. Now that you mention it, I guess I don't know what a punk purest is either.

  3. "Nor do I possess the literary skills required to properly dissect what seems to be an odd pairing words-punk and pure."

    I see what you did there. A feeble attempt (at best) at word jumbling, cloaked in faux self-depraction. Forced irony.

    "Regardless, historically speaking, the impact punks like Carroll have made on art, culture, and economics is immeasurable."

    Just because you say something like this doesn't make it true. That's a pretty bold statement-a hypothesis, if you will-to make without providing even the slightest bit of factual evidence to back it up.

    Stick to pictures of graffiti and food; leave the words to the real writers.

  4. jesus christ, why you just get it over with and move to nyc already.

  5. Senior Thesis,
    Let me guess...you got fired from your English Comp gig at the local community college?

  6. Not bad.

    Senior Thesis must have forgotten to link to his/her blog.

  7. more often than not economics is a social science.

  8. Why is this dude always talking about the '90s?

  9. I remember when you had the Basketball Diaries book on your shelf at the Nymore house.

  10. Wait a minute. Basketball Diaries takes place from 1963 to 1966. The Sex Pistols and the Ramones didn't happen until the 70s. Jim Carroll had long hair. Therefore hippies were the first punks. So actually it was the hippies that made the immeasurable impact you speak of...or something like that.

  11. From the article: Gray, Timothy. "'A world without gravity': the urban pastoral spirituality of Jim Carroll and Kathleen Norris." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 47.3 (Fall 2005): 213(40).

    In 1973, at the age of twenty-two, Carroll decided to leave his native city [NYC] for the slower pace of California, where he was able to kick his heroin habit and move "closer to [his] heart" (Forced Entries, 179). Unlike Norris, though, he could not resist the "magnetic impulse to return to New York" (149), and today his name is synonymous with the city's punk rock and spoken word scenes.