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Living at the Movies
Published in Paperback by Viking Press (September, 1981)
Author: Jim Carroll
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The City Poet
Living at the Movies surely proves that Jim Carroll is one of the most creatve poets of our time. These collective peoms were written from his Basketball Diaries period (1960s), and from his Forced Entries period (1970s).

"Jim Carroll has the sure confidence of a true artist....He is steeped in his craft. He had worked as only a man of inspiration is capable of working...His beginning is a triumph."
-Gerard Malnga.

This book was originally published in 1973, and was the first aboveground publication of Jim Carroll's work in poetry. He shows uncanny virtuosity. His power and poison are reminisent to Arthur Rimbaud, and one of the strongest forfeiting books of poems in the New York period. In language he deals with his pains and pleasures: The city, love, hope, rebellion, menacing, and friendship. These poems emerge in the manical city, Jim Carroll is not afraid to push the edge, he has transformed from a New York street punk to a litural artist.

One of the best poet's of the new generation.
Jim caroll is one of the best poets of the new generation of poets. This collection named, "Living at the Movies" shows just how creative and visionary he is.

Analyzing Multivariate Data
Published in Hardcover by Brooks Cole (03 December, 2002)
Authors: James M. Lattin, J. Douglas Carroll, Paul E. Green, Doug Carroll, and Jim Lattin
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A statistics book that is easy to read and understand.
I had the great pleasure of learning from this book when it was still in manuscript form. For the first time in my long history as a student I found that I understood the text at first reading! The chapters generally present two approaches: the technical (scary!) and the commonsense -- with the latter truly written in a commonsensical fashion. In fact, it is so well written that it is possible to go over the material on one's own. The book is pricey, but it delivers on its promise.

The Book of Nods
Published in Paperback by Viking Press (1986)
Author: Jim Carroll
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A street punk poet.
Jim Carroll should win The Nobel Prize for christ's sakes. The Book of Nods definitely prooves that. Jim Carroll his a poet no one else could ever be, lets say he's a Ted Berrigan mixed with a Allen Ginsberg. Nods refer to him and his drug induced states which he wrote most of these in. This is a creative and largely intensive book! READ IT!

Looking for Wes Carroll
Published in Paperback by PublishAmerica, Inc. (23 December, 2002)
Author: Jim Connell
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Never forget your past and always look ahead
The author of "Looking for Wes Carroll", Jim Connell lives in the same town as I do. A local bookstore held a book signing/discussion and as a voracious reader and a fledgling writer I felt I had to be there.
After only reading an article about the writer and the story, I decided to buy his book. My title up there is similar to what Jim wrote when he signed my book. The author himself seems very nice, down to earth, and a writer who just loves to write. I learned a lot sitting there listening to Jim talk about his experiences in his effort to have the book published.
I loved this book because it drew me in and I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to know the main character more and more, and I related to him so well. He overdoses on nostalgia, and he could have easily been a real person.
Another reason I liked this so much is all the references to Boston, and other Massachusetts pop culture references. It is nice to read about things that are so close to home for me. That is a rare thing.
"Looking for Wes Carroll" is an easy to read and follow novel about the very down to earth and likable Max Clark. Max lives in Quincy, Massachusetts. His best friend since the beginning of college, Peter Sullivan, has his own life falling down a sprial staircase, and Max, being the good buddy that he always was to all his college friends, tries to aid Peter back to health.
I don't want to say too much about what goes on. Max is a wonderfully written character that you will hate saying good bye to. I am glad I bought this so I can go back and visit.
This is a very well written story, sad at times,(I cried several times), and has it's happier moments as well. A lot like life itself, "Looking for Wes Carroll" is a novel about living, enjoying life, remembering our good times in life, road trips, and moving on and looking ahead to a bright future.
I highly recommend reading this, especially to readers from the same area as me.

The Basketball Diaries
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Pretty Good!!!
When i checked out this book i thought hey it's a movie i'll just watch the movie but for some odd reason i started to read the book and liked it! The book i read was THE BASKETBALL DIARIES by Jim Carroll. It was a good younge adult or maybe a mature teen book. The story is the diary of Jim Carroll about his struggle with addiction. His playing basketball and his desire to be pure. I have never really read a book like this before but compared to most books i've read it's a whole lot bolder. When i first started reading this book i thought hey he said the F word but then i found out theres so much more to it and the language doesnt make it the good piece of literature that it is. This book is a good book and it really made me think about my life and was i in control of it. Most people would say this book is mainly about a kid doing drugs but i believe the book is mostly about a kid and his struggles to be pure. On page 210 his quote "Then i stand up to puke, I just want to be pure....". Jim Carroll Has a great style of writting and i will be looking in to reading another one of his books. I liked this book but it is a very volgur book with alot of sex related situations alot of drug use and a whole lot of bad language. If this type of writting offends you i strongly suggest reading something different.

In depth look, seems like just glimpses at Jim's early life
This book reveals a lot, and seems like it does, but when i was done, i craved to know more (and there is more in "Forced Entries: The Downtown Diaries", but that's beside the point). It's amazing to look at his life, from his perspective, and see what he's done and what he's been through. You feel like a special guest of sorts, being allowed to learn all this information, which is sometimes scary, many times hilarious, and often very graphic. I would find myself reading this book in class, and laughing out loud at times, or often grimacing in surprise, or even an almost sort of pain- as if i were there. I often loved certain excerpts of it so much that i would share them with other people, just turning to whoever was nearest. I wish i could say i've always been a Carroll fan, but i, like many others, didn't find out about him until after seeing the movie of this same title. I immediately wanted more, and this book supplied what i wanted. It's incredible, and i am so glad i had a chance to read it.

Basketball Diaries is an awsome book...
I got this book as a gift an I was interested cause I had seen the movie, by within the first 5 pages, I was hooked. I read the entire book right away. It was so intense at times and so well worded that i fell in love with Jim Carroll. This book was about his life growing up in the cruel streets of New York exposing himself to prostitutes, drugs, and more drugs. He let us all deal with hard times with him by writing down his experiances in his diary. I loved this book. And for all of you people who think Leonardo DiCaprio has something to do with this book--forget it. He's not. They just put him on the cover and that's ALL.

Fear of Dreaming: The Selected Poems of Jim Carroll
Published in Paperback by Penguin USA (Paper) (November, 1993)
Author: Jim Carroll
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While not every poem in FEAR OF DREAMING is particularly great, most of the poetry included therein is EXTREMELY great, and considerably poignant. I love Jim Carroll's work and found this to be one of his best collections yet. A must-have volume for all Carroll fans and any avid fan of poetry (especially that of the modern era).

this book is incredible. "to the secret poets of kansas" is by far one of the most wonderful poemsi have ever read. i encourage anyone who is looking for poetry to read and savor these poems, they are certainly worth it.

Jim Carroll is by far one of my favorite poets. He sees so much deeper than most people. The words and even fonts he uses sucks you in and you feel as though you have been transported to another world. I first got interested in his poetry when I saw "The Basketball Diaries" with Leonardo DiCaprio, and the poetry made the movie even more powerful than it already was. I left the theatre stunned. I then went to a reading of Carroll's poetry at Seton Hall University, and was fortunate enough to meet him. He is an amazing guy. The poems are deep and their power and emotion pervade your body so that you can never forget them. People think that becuse Carroll writes modern poetry, that his poems are trash. That is certainly the opposite of what they are, and I think that his poems are more interesting than poets who write the lovey-dovey, rhyming type stuff. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to be swept away in the urban-like poetry of today.

Forced Entries: The Downtown Diaries, 1971-1973
Published in Paperback by Penguin USA (Paper) (August, 1987)
Author: Jim Carroll
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Basketball Diaries Grows up
Taking smack, kicking smack, this book details it all. It is life in NYC on a habit and trying to beat the habit. Itis the message of what Basketball Diaries, the movie attempted (In my opinion that ruined the movie, but so what). Still there are some unforgetable scenes, with special guests Patty Smith and A. Ginsberg. Jim Carrol paints scenes so vivid in reality one can taste them. The scenes are real, gutty, and sometimes downright so unbelievable that they have to be based on truth. A bit of advice: Don't go to the movies and sit next to someone with an arm infection wearing a tight t-shirt.

Looking In At Himself (Jim Carroll's amazing!)
This is not a book of records, jam-packed with the daily happenings and sometime wondering why. No, it's not The Basketball Diaries, and Jim Carroll's no longer a basketball star, a cool street kid just starting to try Heroin and to expereince the lows of street life. Here, he's a star on the New York art scene, having dealt w/his addiction for quite some time now. He leave nyc, then comes back, all the while writing it down and looking for the answer to why/how/etc. inside himself. It doesn't have the energy and excitement of The Basketball Diaries, and it may leave you wondering what happened, but it's the raw and naked truth that shine. One of the best books ever written, you have to read it to appreciate its beauty!

Undeniably Powerful
Carroll's coolness has always, to me, been his greatest asset as a writer. He brilliantly walks a razor-thin fine line between realism and cynicism without every actually crossing over into the cynical, or easy. At one point, he says "I am a cold m#$!@&$#er." Maybe, on a level, he is. On another level, he is just searching for what everyone is searching for: redemption. The way he articulates his specific redemption from drugs, with the absess, is brilliant. Unlike the Basketball Diaries, this book actually, even, contains a little warmth and joy. I thought it was a superior book to the Diaries, although the themes in this book aren't as popular in our culture as those in the Diaries. Youth, drugs, sex and loss are themes that are necessarily going to attract a certain audience. This book is a little riskier and more personal. (If it's possible to get more personal than Carroll usually does. Probably not, actually.) It's interesting to see what he was left with as a young adult after living in such a youth-dependent way. I do not read much in this genre anymore, but I have to say that Carroll's works were often the most gut-wrenching things I read as I was growing up. He is to be admired, in my opinion, for never asking the reader to feel sorry for him - unlike so many films and novels in this genre. The sadness is a level-headed sadness. I've never been hooked on drugs or come back from being addicted to them, but with Carroll I think he was always able to approach the subject matter in a non-sentimental way, which both gives the work a certain integrity and makes it interesting. The books, actually, don't have anything to do with him, in my opinion. I have no idea what Carroll is like as a person. But as a writer he is consistently engaging, if sometimes dark.

Selling Online: How to Become a Successful E-Commerce Merchant
Published in Paperback by Dearborn Trade Publishing (April, 2001)
Authors: Jim Carroll and Rick Broadhead
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The **Best** Single E-Commerce Book for the Online Merchant!
When Carroll and Broadhead published Selling Online for Canadians in 1999 it was very well done. The revised version, which covers US e-commerce products and services, is the best single e-commerce book for the online merchant available in print. The authors have done a fabulous job including in this volume all of the essentials that an e-merchant needs to know...

...Selling Online consists of nine chapters, some short, and others 100 to 150 pages long. The first asks 23 tough questions that e-merchants should answer before setting up an online store. Too many small businesses go online with unrealistic expectations and flimsy business plans. These questions will help prospective e-tailers avoid disaster by grappling ahead of time with the opportunities and obstacles of e-commerce...

...Chapter 3, "Tips for Building an Effective Online Store," is the highlight of the book. The authors carefully examine each of the factors that affect sales in an online store, and explain how to get the maximum impact out of each. E-merchants who spend weeks studying this section and applying what they learn to their own site are bound to transform both the look of their site as well as their sales conversion rate...

...I really like the scope and detail contained in Selling Online. It's the first volume I am recommending to both novice and experienced e-merchants...

Everything you need to know about starting an ecommerce site
I read the Canadian edition and found it covered all the bases from site design, to choosing between finding a host and installing your own ecommerce software or using hosted e-store services that use site 'templates'. It also covers security, getting a merchant license so you can accept credit card payments and also marketing strategies including how to get your new store listed with the major search engines and portals.

The book is an easy read with lots of illustrations of actual on-line examples and URL references. A must have for anyone even thinking about starting on online business enterprise!

"..the best single e-commerce book for the online merchant"
Jim Carroll ..., one of the authors!, April 27, 2001, draws attention to this review: '....the best single e-commerce book for the online merchant available in print.' The quote is from Web Marketing Today, April 2001 -- Thousands of people worldwide read Web Marketing Today -- it's one of the most highly respected online publications that focuses on the topic of marketing and selling on the Internet. And Dr. Ralph F. Wilson absolutely praised Selling Online when he saw it, noting that 'the authors have done a fabulous job including in this volume all of the essentials that an e-merchant needs to know' and 'it's the first volume I am recommending to both novice and experienced e-merchants.'You can read the full review at...

Big Blues: The Unmaking of IBM
Published in Hardcover by Crown Pub (September, 1993)
Authors: Paul Carroll and Jim Wade
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A fascinating read!
I have now read this book twice. Not only have I read the book, I remember this time period as my company worked closely with IBM. One of the other reviewers said, "An amusing book that attributes IBM's success to a couple of lucky business decisions followed by endless blunders. Carroll makes alot of assertions about IBM but provides few facts to back them up..." Obviously, this person either works for IBM or did not know what was going on at that time. What Carroll says is true. Especially if you had ANY ties with IBM during these years, you will find this book fascinating. I have referred back to it many times.

The Minuet of the Dinosaurs
This very readable book is the model that Gerstner should have followed. Elephants can do heavy towing, or push aside obstacles; they can't pirouette en pointe. This book is the viewpoint of IBM by an outside journalist. It lacks a table of contents. The book describes the problems, it does not tell when or why it originated.

Page 20 says IBM developed "a lush bureaucracy that prided itself on having a higher ratio of managers per employee than any other business around." Is this what they teach in business school? IBM's chairmen came from the sales force; if you can't sell it, there's no point in making it. The IBM PC was created from off-the-shelf parts so it could be quickly marketed; pre-defined interfaces too! Page 24 tells how Microsoft did an operating system: they licensed QDOS (a replica of CP/M), then bought it. It eventually made Gates the richest man in America.

Page 27 tells of the management problem in creating software. Architects spent months producing detailed designs for software. Then masses of programmers had a hard time deciphering the hundreds of pages of specifications. More time was spent in communicating than actually writing code! Isn't this a recipe for a project to be over budget and behind schedule? Estridge's habit of shunning meetings, not returning phone call, and ignoring unwanted advice could set an example of a well-ordered project manager who concentrates on the mission, not the housekeeping. Page 37 explains why standards for PCs began at birth.

Page 53 mentions the "fear of nuclear attack" as the reason for moving out of New York city. But other companies also moved out in the 1970s; the fear of a nuclear attack drained away after the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Didn't IBM build a skyscraper in the 1980s only to sell it in the 1990s? Didn't AT&T do the same?

Page 87 tells how Gates got lucky when VisiCorp began to self-destruct. Those familiar with counter-intelligence operations may think of another reason (p.192). Page 97 says IBM never wanted to have too many people in one spot. Unstated here is the fear that nearly all could walk out to a new company (p.186). Page 101 tells that IBM used lines of code as a measure of programming; what did IBM use to measure its management? Microsoft rewrote IBM code to make it faster and smaller, then; how are they doing now? The last pages of Chapter 8 deal with the OS/2-Windows politics. There is no explanation as to why they didn't share the same application interface. Page 201 tells of developing a RISC chip; didn't CDC do this in the early 1960s? Page 208 describes the chip development problem in Burlington VT. Page 217 mentions the "golden screwdriver" and how quickly some machines were upgraded. Think ahead!

Pages 245-7 tell of the PS/1 project: crippled so it would not compete with PS/2. Would General Motors restrict the sale of Chevrolets to sell more Cadillacs? Page 281 suggests Microsoft moles reported on IBM's strategies. Pages 301-9 tell of the changes in Lexington under new owners. In political history, this is like a revolution that sweeps away the aristocracy and lets the farmers and merchants rise to power. Does the description of the IBM bureaucracy remind you of France before the Revolution? Will anyone write a book to cover the last ten years as well as this one does?

With IBM's bungling, how could Microsoft fail?
People who complain that this book is unfounded because IBM is growing and profitable forgets that over a decade ago, IBM was a stinker: the bottom had fallen out of the lucrative mainframe market, and IBM could not compete long-term in the rapidly growing PC/Workstation market. This book is a great lesson in how not to adapt to change.

Luckily, IBM has pulled itself out, but at what cost? Imagine if IBM had got the PC revolution right? There might not even be a Microsoft today and IBM could have retaken its position as THE corporate super-power.

Besides discussing poor management, I enjoyed the information and great anecdotes about IBM's relationship with Bill Gates and Microsoft. I cannot believe the number of opportunities IBM squandered to acquire, invest or eliminate Microsoft. It seems that IBM pratically pushed Gates to build Microsoft into the power it is today.

Void of Course: Poems 1994-1997 (Penguin Poets)
Published in Paperback by Penguin USA (Paper) (October, 1998)
Author: Jim Carroll
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Jim Carroll at his best!!!
Void Of Course is one of the best books I've ever read in my whole life! Jim Carroll proves once again that he's a genius. All the poems in this book prove that Jim Carroll is only getting better! It was definitely worth waiting for! The poems range from very short pieces ("What Burroughs told me") to long poems - such as "While she's gone" which is nine pages long, but doesn't appear that long. Jim Carroll is the unofficial king of the poetry scene.

Ohmigoddess, Jim Carroll rocks!
I think this book shows a growing, a progress, in both Jim Carroll's depth and his vision...he's no longer the 15-year-old street kid he was in The Basketball Diaries, and this book proves it. He still may not be completely at peace w/his past, but he has gone on, at least to a point. The ever-beatiful "8 Fragments for Kurt Cobain" strummed a string in my heart-he went through addition and all and survivied, but K.Cobain didn't. Also, the last poem, "My Ruins" on Pools of Mercury, is sums it up!!! "While She's Gone", the longest poem in the book, tells powerfully the pains and anxieties of a parted lover, but the shorter poems are jewels on equal terms. He's taken a turn from TBD, and it's incredible!!! Get the book, read it, love it, and you'll be rewarded w/infinite wisdom!!!

His Finest Book Yet!
Void of Course:Poems 1994-1997 is one of Jim Carroll's best book. The words are absolutely brilliant and are filled with so much passion. This book is pure genius. My favorite poem is....well I don't think I can name one their all so good and very well written! Please tell all your friends to buy this book and all of Jim's other books!! I promise you wont be disapointed. Amanda,16

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