You too may feel the unpublished Jim Carroll nterview joy here. Not to mention some excerpt below.
Margo: I’m wondering what you think about this kind of fiction in the marketplace nowadays. Not sales potential but the idea of it – do you think people generally ignore it now? These coming-of-age novels. There’s such an influx of them, and Dan’s is such a gem. I’m worried that it will get ignored. Everybody tries to compare everything to Catcher in the Rye nowadays.
Jim: I know, I had that too. I had it in good ways, like ‘This is the Catcher in the Rye for real’. I never really had a bad thing with the comparison with Catcher in the Rye, but that’s a real trap you don’t want to fall into.
Jim: Catcher in the Rye is a great book, but it’s completely different from a book that was written in real-time. Dan’s book was written almost in real-time, too. Although those years make a big difference. Like I said – judgment. The Basketball Diaries always did so well and I think it was a combination because my first record album did so well.
The Basketball Diaries came out before the Catholic Boy album came out. I mean, rock ‘n’ roll, you get such a big audience, especially when “People Who Died” became a hit and the album did so well. It boosted the book. The book came out first but I think it was a symbiosis because people knew I was signed to the Stones’ label already. They planned to have them come out much closer together but I’m glad they came out with a distance between them of about nine months. At any rate, that definitely helped it. It sold very well every year. And of course – even though I didn’t like the movie that much – it really helped. I mean, it put it on the Bestseller list, which my publisher didn’t even expect. I got this whole new audience of young kids. When it sold so well, a lot of copies over the years, we wondered who was buying these books in such a rush to put it on the Bestseller list. Kids are not buying it because they’re just going to see Leo and Mark, we thought. But it WAS kids, because I started to get this influx of mail from kids like twelve to seventeen. And when I went to Toronto to this radio station that’s like the big FM station there – it’s like the Today show. They let viewers come in, not even look in, you can come in. You gotta stand behind a railing and they watch DJs while they’re interviewing people. I said, ‘who the fuck are these kids here for? Is Evan Dando coming or something?’ They said, ‘no they’re here for you.’ There were all these little kids with cameras, who were like twelve to eighteen or nineteen. Not only did they buy The Basketball Diaries, but they bought books of poems.