“Giroux insisted that the manuscript would have to be cut up [cut ups] and edited. Kerouac . . . refused . . . telling Giroux that the “Holy Ghost” had dictated the novel.” i
“There’ll be no editing on this manuscript . . . “This manuscript has been dictated by the Holy Ghost.” ii
The Holy Ghost is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity: The Holy Ghost is a Person distinct from the Father and the Son. He is God of the same essence with the Father and the Son. iii
There is a legend that Saint Augustine was walking on the beach contemplating the Holy Trinity and saw a boy going back and forth from the sea with a spoon carrying water. He asked the boy what he was doing. The boy said emptying the sea. Augustine said impossible. The boy replied it is easier to empty the sea with a spoon than for you to understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity. The boy vanished. Augustine had spoken to an angel.
De Spiritu Sancto
Et ecce ego vobiscum sum omnifus diebus, usque ad consummationem saeculi.
And behold I am with you all through the days that are coming, until the consummation of the
So, your editor (the person who is going to publish your unpublishable book), tells you to fix it, and you reply, “No, way. This work has been decreed by the Holy Ghost.” lol
i Kerouac, Jack. On the Road: The Original Scroll. (New York: Viking. 2007),. p.32.
ii Interview in the documentary On the Road to Desolation (David Steward, dir., BBC/NVC Arts Co-production, 1997).
iii Forget, Jacques. Holy Ghost. In the Catholic Encyclopedia. (New York: Robert Appleton Co.) http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07409a.htm
iv Matthew 28:20