Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll, author, poet, punker. Most famous for "The Basketball Diaries." He came to the University of Florida in 2005 and I won a seat at the honorary lunch for him, answering the "why I deserve to eat with Jim Carroll" essay contest.

That evening, he performed his poem "8 Fragments for Kurt Cobain." This is my portrait of him, drawn while he was on stage. He signed the drawing after the show.

This section of the poem reads:
But Kurt...
Didn't the thought that you would never write another song
Another feverish line or riff
Make you think twice?
That's what I don't understand
Because it's kept me alive, above any wounds


  1. that is incredible. i dig it bro

  2. i so wish i could see jim read. what an honor.

  3. so why did you deserve to eat with Jim Carroll?? please tell...

  4. Jim's reading was rather erratically advertised, and I found out about it the night before he was coming. It was too late to call anyone, so I sent an e-mail to the person in charge. She called the next morning, asked me a quick trivia question to prove that I was serious - and I got the last space at the university's banquet room with about 15 others.

    Incidently, when Jim signed my penciled art, he asked, "Why did you have to draw my glasses?"