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My Life with Jack Kerouac




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"Edie Parker secured her yearlong marriage to Jack Kerouac with bail money. And like many of the women connected to Kerouac, Edie was probably most visible to him as a body, not a fellow mind. Kerouac-Parker portrays herself in this memoir as hungry for physical pursuits: She may have flipped through the pages of Proust, but she was at her best charging to the front line of a jazz performance in a seedy bar, making mayonnaise sandwiches for throng of homeless wordsmiths, and joyriding in borrowed cars. . .You'll Be Okay's narrative is simple and honest, and while Kerouac-Parker's prose isn't cleverly assembled, reading the book is like sitting down to tea with a woman eager to tell you her story."
-Megan Mayhew Bergman, Bitch Magazine Jan 1, 2008

A Footnote No Longer
"With considerable editing from Tim Moran, Edie Kerouac-Parker's You'll be okay: my life with Jack Kerouac is, in all other regards, simply written and consistently interesting. Moran's various introductory and epilogical pieces are solid and lovingly portray an aging eccentric who collected stray cats and artists and who chaffed at being reduced to an historical footnote. She is a footnote no longer."
-Gilbert Wesley Purdy, Eclectica.org Jan 1, 2008

Ferlinghetti's 'Coney Island' poems celebrated at 50
"'The world is a beautiful place / to be born into,' writes Lawrence Ferlinghetti, author of "A Coney Island of the Mind," the witty, engaging, yet often disturbing little book of poems that now has been in print for 50 years."
-William Lawlor, The Capital Times Apr 24, 2008

Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac On the Road
"Also, Bill co-edited the just-released You'll Be Okay: My Life with Jack Kerouac, a posthumously published memoir by Edie Parker Kerouac, the author's first wife. Need I add Greenwich Library has copies of these too?"
-Ed Morrisey, Ed's First Blog Nov 9, 2007

On the Road Again: Friends and scholars recall the man behind the myth of Jack Kerouac.
"Sept. 5, 2007, marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of On the Road, the novel by Jack Kerouac that gave voice to his generation's postwar experiences. With its energetic portrayal of the thrills and confusions of being young in the early years of the Cold War, it also helped usher in the "Beatnik" movement and many of the radical changes in American culture that took place in the 1960s. As you might expect, then, the mythology that surrounds Kerouac and the novel is as obscuring as it is fascinating. On the occasion of On the Road's anniversary, Slate spoke to a handful of people who knew Kerouac during this time and shortly afterward, and to scholars who understood firsthand the world he came from."
-Meghan O'Rourke, Slate.com Sep 4, 2007

Fall preview: New books from Sebold, Junot Diaz, Roth
"Go ahead. Call your friends and family now, let them know you'll see them when you see them - most likely in late December. The lineup of fall books this year is that good. . . The following are some of the other fall titles of note. . . Edie Kerouac-Parker's You'll Be Okay: My Life With Jack Kerouac, edited by Timothy Moran and Bill Morgan (City Lights)."
-Oscar Villalon, San Francisco Chronicle Aug 26, 2007

Jack's Back
Part of the legend of Jack Kerouac is that in 1951, fueled by Benzedrine, he sat at a typewriter with one long scroll of paper and within three weeks wrote the novel that became On the Road.

A revised version was published on Sept. 5, 1957, and its 50th anniversary is being marked by reappraisals, reissues and the first publication of Kerouac's original scroll.

It was a sensation in 1957 and continues to sell 100,000 copies a year. Among the new books:

You'll be Okay: My Life With Jack Kerouac by Edie Kerouac-Parker (City Lights, $14.95, Sept. 15), the posthumous memoir by Kerouac's first wife, joins more than a dozen memoirs and biographies about Kerouac published since his death at 47 in 1969.
-Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today Aug 20, 2007

Road Rules
"Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road' gets the full 50th anniversary treatment next month . . . City Lights Books, the original publisher of Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'—which had its 50th anniversary last year—is putting out 'You'll Be Okay,' a posthumous memoir by Edie Kerouac-Parker, who served a brief term as Kerouac's first wife—his 'life's wife,' he said. As usual with his wives, she got time off for good behavior. Kerouac-Parker never got over 'the fulfillment and nemesis of my youth,' and she kept memories of the young man who liked to make love in the morning and carried a comb for his cowlick—'it was the scourge of his vanity.' She also had a front-row seat for the previews of the Sal-and-Dean show, which became the heart of 'On the Road.'"
-David Gates, Newsweek Aug 5, 2007

Hey, Jack Kerouac
"We’ve officially entered what might as well be called Jack Kerouac Awareness Month.  It’s the 50th anniversary of the publication of 'On the Road,' and the commemorations include—among many other things—the release of 'On the Road: The Original Scroll,' the New York Times reporter John Leland’s book 'Why Kerouac Matters' and a memoir, 'You’ll Be Okay,' from Kerouac’s first wife, Edie Kerouac-Parker."
-Dwight Garner, New York Times Papercuts blog Aug 7, 2007

Kings of the Road
"Kerouac identified with the down-and-out—with outlaws and outcasts.  (For a brief time in the 1940s he attended meetings of the American Communist Party; his first wife, Edie Kerouac-Parker, describes his left-wing sympathies in her memoir to be published in September by City Lights.)"
-Jonah Raskin, The Nation Jul 30, 2007