Basketball Diaries Essay

2777 Words Sep 25th, 2013 12 Pages
For my memoir analysis I chose The Basketball Diaries written by Jim Carroll. The book was first published in the United States by Tombouctou Books in 1978, then published and reprinted by Penguin books in 1987. James Dennis Carroll was born on August 1, 1949 in New York. He was of Irish Descent and grew up on New York's Lower East Side. In the sixth grade his brother took notice to his literary talent, so he encouraged him to pursue it. Apart from writing, Carroll was an all-star basketball player throughout his elementary and high school career. He entered the Biddy League (a youth basketball league) at age thirteen and participated in the National High School All Star Game in 1966. Although Carroll was a talented writer and …show more content…
Carroll says nothing physical happened on the date but that he only wanted someone to talk to and be nice to him. Not all his prostitution experiences were that simple’ he specifically speaks of a time when he went to meet a guy at his apartment for sex. When he got to the apartment the man was in the bubble bath and had a cat tied to the toilet. He told Carroll he wanted him to beat the cat to death and then urinate in his mouth. He had a whip with razor blades attached at the ends for Carroll to use to beat the cat. Carroll took the whip and hit the man across the chest and then urinates on the wound, he beats up the guy and unties the cat and runs away. I didn’t understand why he was prostituting himself, buy then it all made sense when his heroin addiction was introduced. Sex and Crime were very prevelant in Carroll’s life growing up. He engaged in crimes such as stealing from the kids at his school, stealing purses from woman on the street with his friends, and stealing cars. When Carroll and his teammates had basketball games they would raid the other team’s locker room and divide their findings the end of the game. Their basketball coach had only two rules: they couldn’t say the word mutherfucker and they couldn’t steal from any white teams. Carroll became sexually active by the age of 13/14. I was surprised with how blunt he was about his sex life. He and his friends would meet girls and bring them back to

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