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June 05, 1996 - Image 9

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Orson Welles' cinematic masterpiece, "Citizen
Kane," will be shown tomorrow at the Michigan
Theater at 1 p.m. The showing is free. Wednesd 9
lone 5, 19967
Jim Carroll to provide literary
experience at Blind Pig

y Karl Jones
aily Arts Writer
Some men are born with an excess of
words inside of them. Jim Carroll is one
of these men. When the words and the
stories start flowing, the author of such
critically acclaimed works as "The
Basketball Diaries" and "Living at the
Movies" has a way of letting time slip
by unnoticed.
"I'm not really 'on tour' right now,"
Carroll said. "Mainly in the past year,
*ve been doing a lot of colleges. I
mean, I've been with one of those giant
speakers' agencies with like Diane
Sawyer and Schwarzkopf and stuff. I
guess I'm one of the few people who
reads poems and does something like
For Carroll, "something like that"
could be one of his many creative out-
lets, including spoken word or music.
in his trip through Ann Arbor, how-
er, he plans a strictly literary jour-
"I may not have any music backing
me up, but I do have some lyrics from
songs that I've written recently," he
said. "I might just rap some of those.
Sometimes they're better that way.
Some songs can work fine without
As far as a distinction between writ-
ing song lyrics and writing poetry goes,
*arroll insists that the lines are pretty
"I hate when people call your lyrics
'poems.' Because in an aesthetic, spiri-
tual sense, you're trying for the same
affect on the audience - to affect not
just the intellect but the heart, too. But
in a technical sense, they're completely
different," he explained.
Carroll admitted that he wasn't
lways into the poetry scene, though -
pecially in the "Basketball Diary"
years of his early adolescence.
"I thought poetry was sissy stuff, like
all the kids in the Irish Catholic neigh-
borhood," Carroll said. "Then I got a
scholarship to this real exclusive private
school with these hip, rich kids, and I
got into poetry there. But at Catholic
school, this one brother was teaching
me, and he liked my compositions in
English, so he made me sports editor of
the school newspaper.
"He thought I had talent," Carroll
continued. "So he made me cut out the

The Blind Pig should provide an intimate
atmosphere in which to view Jim Carroll.
Jim Carroll and
Immigrant Suns
Blind Pig
r Friday,June 7
Doors open at 9:30 p.m
Tickets $12.50 at the door
sports in the New York Times and
underline metaphors and similes, and I
would use them in these things that I
would write about. I can still remember
lines that I wrote. Like there was this
one guy named Morales, and he was a
really good, fast runner, and at the track
meet. I said, 'Morales walked away
with everything but the floorboards.'
And I'd use alliteration like 'Marvelous
Morales' and stuff like that. Well, that
was a little trite."
By that summer, a 12-year-old
Carroll had already develoned a love

where the newspaper left off.
"I started to write the diaries because I
wanted to write a novel, but I just didn't
have the wherewithal to sustain a plot
idea and characters. So I just decided to
write about my life - not in a 'dear
diary' kind of way. I mean, I only wrote
it on days that something anecdotally
interesting happened.
"And I don't know where (the writing
talent) came from because no one in my
family was artistic. In fact, they thought
that wriiting made people a little sissy or
something," Carroll laughed.
When asked about the recent film
version of his boyhood diaries, Carroll
seemed pleased with the performances
- especially Leonardo DiCaprio's
portrayal of himself - but disappoint-
ed with the script's overall bend from
"I thought the director just totally
blew it at this certain point. It just got
too dark or something," he said.
Carroll plans to finish up two pend-
ing novels sometime in the near future,
which will be a step in a new direction
for an author whose endeavors of that
length have been autobiographical up to
this point.
"They're a big change for me ...
They're in the third person. I've written
short stories and stuff, but not a novel
with a plot. It's like a real blessing, but
it was kind of like a curse because two
of them came at once."
If Carroll is worried about finishing
up both novels, he probably shouldn't
be. The right words have been coming
to him since his childhood days of
shooting hoops and shooting drugs.
And bad directors or not, you can bet
Jim Carroll's story has not nearly come

Barry White to sing deep at Fox Theater
Barry White is to R&B what James Earl Jones is to acting. Both artists' rich, bass-
toned voices have earned them great fame. If you wanted to hear Jones' booming
speech you would have to check out a copy of "Star Wars," but if you'd like to expe-
rience White's deep-voiced lyrics firsthand, you're in luck. He's coming to Detroit's
Fox Theater.
White is making his second appearance since the release of his latest LP, "The
icon is Love" (A&M), and it can be expected that a fair portion of his concert this
Sunday will feature songs from that album, especially his hit single "Come On" and
the harmony-laced "Practice What You Preach."
Of course, much of his show will feature many of his old-school hits. With a mus-
cal career spanning further back than the years in which many of us were born,
White has a virtual cornucopia of musical material with which to hit his crowd.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Fox Theater. Tickets are $37.50 ad
can be purchased at the Fox Theater.
- Eugene Bosren, Daily Arts Writer

Leonardo DiCaprio, right, played Jim Carroll in Carroll's "Basketba

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