Lauren Leto

You’ll Be Okay Part II

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on March 1, 2010

Timothy Moran is a man with a lot of time on his hands. I wrote a post about You’ll Be Okay (My Life With Jack Kerouac) by Edie Kerouac Parker which was co-edited by Timothy Moran.

I mentioned that the writing was god-awful and to look at it on Google books if you wanted. Timothy Moran (who must troll the internet for people talking about his book) commented:

Considering that Moran didn’t know enough about grammar to make “with” in the title of the book lowercase, I will stand by my statement that the writing is god awful. If you are creating something in order to put it on the market, you must be able to handle criticism. I understand being hurt by criticism, not everyone has loved my site. As a writer/editor you are making yourself vulnerable to the world. However, that is the risk you are taking. If you are lucky enough to be published, you are cursed enough to be criticized.

That being said, Edie’s autobiography wasn’t completely useless (and I pointed this out in my original post). It did answer my questions about Kerouac’s presence in Grosse Pointe.

He has been continuing a spam campaign of idiocy on my site, so feel free to browse the comments and check out his notes. I’m sure he’ll be in the comments of this post in no time. Google Alerts work wonders.

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  1. Timothy Moran said, on March 2, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Yes, Google alerts do work wonders. This is how your blog came to me. I have neither the time nor interest to “troll” the vast world of cyber blabber posted by self indulgent attention seekers.
    I too stand by my statements. Frankly, I don’t give a rat’s dink what you think of Edie’s book. It has been favorably reviewed by every major newspaper in America and since been translated and published in Italy, Japan and the Czech Republic. It is also currently being considered for a film adaptation. Though admittedly it doesn’t begin to compare to the profundities of a compilation of text messages.
    As for my limted knowledge of grammar; I would think you might know that writers and/or editors typically have nothing to do with book cover design or titles. The subtitle,”My Life With Jack Kerouac” was arrived at by the publisher, City Lights. The same City Lights who first published the Beats. Edie’s book was published at the insistance of Lawrence Ferlinghetti after he first read the manuscript. I hesitate to tell you this as doing so might serve as an indictment of his knowledge and possibly his taste for god-awful writing.
    That said, I suggest you read again my post to you. I made no issue of your opinion but that you missed the point of the book. Though it may not be well written, it tells a fascinating story. By the time I received Edie’s manuscript it was a chaotic unpublishable mess of 2,200 pages. I made a death bed promise to her to see to it that it would be published. My editing didn’t invlove changing her writing, it was hers. My efforts were to condense it all into a coherent form. If you’re interested, you can read an interview I did for The Beat Studies Association which appears on their website or in Beat Scene Magazine online to learn the story behind it all.
    The more significant issue I had was with your suggesting people should read it for free on Google. This is what disturbs me, not your over estimated opion of the book.
    I’m surprised to read that you consider my writing a response to your comments to constitute ” a spam campaign of idiocy”. Perhaps I misunderstood the purpose of the Leave a Reply box. I guess I am an idiot, as I suppose are all those who reply to your pearls of wisdom.

    • Lauren Leto said, on March 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm

      A favorable review from EVERY MAJOR NEWSPAPER IN AMERICA? WOW, that’s crazy that I can’t find ONE favorable review from ANY MAJOR newspaper! Must be the crazy Google people out to get you again.

      Gee, I’ve published a book before, I’m pretty sure I got to look it over before it went out…and I probably would have caught that glaring typo on the COVER and had them change it.

      And “a spam campaign of idiocy” is when you leave stupid messages all over my site, like the comments you made on my “About” page.

      • Timothy Moran said, on March 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm

        Apparently you are not receptive to criticism or being challenged. Do your ignorant comments qualify as a campaign of idiocy? I wouldn’t say so. You are entitled to your opinions every bit as much as I am entitled to mine. The idiocy is that you carelessly put things out and expect that no one could or would challenge you. Your thin skin belies your advice that, “If you are creating something to put it on the market, you must be able to handle criticism.” C’mon, “…that is the risk you are taking.”
        If you truly care to read some reviews and comments from people who are actually qualified to make them, I suggest you go to the City Lights website where you can find several. You might also contact my editor there and offer your services as an editor. First, though, you should correct all the mistakes on your site or, better yet, just don’t include it in your resume.
        I wrote to your “About” page to simply ask if your book is available for free on Google. Since you suggested people not buy Edie’s book but instead read it for free, I thought I’d be able to avoid the same regret of wasting my money as you experienced.
        I have taken a look at your book and wish you good luck with it – I’m quite impressed. I have no doubt it will fast become required reading for the subjects of your vapid kingdom.

      • Lauren Leto said, on March 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm

        You are one crazy dude.

  2. johan,karlskrona said, on March 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Quite a few words to say he “don’t give a rat’s dink”,
    -guess he’s not a twitter-person.

  3. allison mills said, on February 17, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Wow, not sure how I happened on the above trail, but Ms. Lauren, you have definitely been out-written. Where someone who cared deeply about a friend and a her story fulfilled a deathbed promise and shed some light on a historical character, you my dear brought the whole dialogue down to a ‘mean girls’ high school level. From reading the above I would not label Mr. Moran as crazy but, if you actually ‘read’ what he cared enough to write in response to you, as someone who cares about doing the moral right thing and being loyal to their friends. This is a trait I do not believe should be trivialized. Oh, yes and then the fact that you promote people to not buy the books they are reading. .. I have a dear friend who’s bookstore suffers more than is necessary because of that kind of attitude.


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