The Basketball Diaries: The Classic about Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets

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The Basketball Diaries: The Classic about Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets

The Basketball Diaries: The Classic about Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets

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Hippies wore their hair long, dressed in deliberately shabby clothes, and believed in nonviolent forms of antiwar protest such as sit-ins and peace marches. day out that I ever saw today, so we skipped practice (Tony and Yogi and I) and we decided to take a little ride down to the ferry and over to Staten Island. It offers a raw and honest portrayal of a young man's struggle with addiction and the power of self-expression through writing. She knew the Mass inside out, but she would interject incredible obscenities whenever the Virgin Mary’s name came up, or Christ’s name too, for that matter. Finally, as the largest American city and one which contained a significant number of landmarks and economic centers, New York—especially Manhattan—was thought to be a prime target for a nuclear warhead during the Cold War, a fear that Carroll expresses on several occasions.

college recruiting wars, and the hurdles his sons and many of his players had to overcome both on and off the court.The drugs become diversions which don’t last, and the increasing number of clear-headed moments offer lessons learned like, “junk is another nine to five gig in the end, only the hours are a bit more inclined to shadows. Each diary entry reflects a raw, unfiltered perspective of the author's life, presenting a stark contrast to the glamorization of drug use prevalent in certain aspects of popular culture.

He frequently includes his older poems in new collections, encompassing them, like the rings of a tree, in fresh material. This serves to underscore the tragic trajectory of an individual caught up in the vicious cycle of drug addiction. When the police raid Headquarters after a noise complaint, Mancole retaliates against the woman next door, whom he assumes made the complaint. Early on, the harsh realities of urban society take a toll on his innocence as he starts experimenting with drugs, mirroring the grim side of adolescence. Regardless, Carrol’s memories of this time evoke a sense of innocence that is about to be corrupted in a manner that can never be uncorrupted.Although the use of illicit drugs is still a problem in the United States, drug use has dropped by nearly 45 percent since its peak in the late 1970s. I will add as a post-script that "People Who Died" is one of my all-time favorite running songs, and arguably one of the best of ALL songs. Carroll describes what it is like shooting up and says that it is getting hard to concentrate on his writing. It is available on DVD from Ryko Distribution and contains many special features, including interviews with several cast members and an antidrug trailer. This phase of Carroll's life, brimming with regrettable actions and risky behaviors, presents the stark and sobering truth about the struggles of an addict.

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