The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things A journey into the dark heart of the American road trip

  • Title: The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
  • Author: J.T. LeRoy
  • ISBN: 9780747554233
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • A journey into the dark heart of the American road trip

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    About "J.T. LeRoy"

    1. J.T. LeRoy

      Laura Victoria Albert is the author of writings that include works credited to the fictional teenage persona of JT LeRoy, a long running literary hoax in which LeRoy was presented to the public and publishers as a gender variant, sexually questioning, abused, former homeless drug addict and male prostitute Albert described LeRoy as an avatar rather than a hoax, and claimed that she was able to write things as LeRoy that she could not have said as Laura Albert Albert was raised in Brooklyn, and she and her former partner Geoffrey Knoop have a young son She has also used the names Emily Frasier and Speedie, and published other works as Laura Victoria and Gluttenberg.Albert did not publish her writing as memoir she published her writing as fiction Albert attests that she could not have written from raw emotion without the right to be presented to the world via JT LeRoy, whom she calls her phantom limb a style of performance art she had been undertaking to deal with experiences even as a little girl, according to a 2006 interview in The Paris Review.In November 2010, Laura Albert appeared at The Moth to tell her story on video.Laura Albert has also written for the acclaimed television series Deadwood She collaborated with director and playwright Robert Wilson for the international exhibition of his VOOM video portraits, and with the catalog for his Frontiers Visions of the Frontier at Institut Valenci d Art Modern IVAM In 2012 she served on the juries of the first Brasilia International Film Festival and the Sapporo International Short Film Festival she also attended Brazil s international book fair, Bienal Brasil do Livro e da Leitura, where she and Alice Walker were the U.S representatives Brazil s Gera o Editorial has re released the JT LeRoy books in a boxset under Laura Albert s name, and she and JT are the subjects of the hit Brazilian rock musical JT, Um Conto de Fadas Punk JT, A Punk Fairy Tale.She has taught at Dave Eggers 826 Valencia and the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and has lectured with artist Jasmin Lim at Artists Television Access with SF Camerawork s Chuck Mobley, in conjunction with a window installation about her work She has also written for dot429, the world s largest LGBTA professional network, and been an invited speaker at their annual conferences in New York.


    1. Know what? Fuck that. This is better because JT Leroy was a hoax. When you look at the way that honest, caring, media-appropriately-framed stories of trans people look in this society, you throw up. Uh. *I* throw up. Maybe you are super into it. I can't think of a trans author (okay, one who's not Jan Morris) who's writing fiction that really pokes me in the eye. Or memoir, actually. (I haven't read T Cooper yet though, so maybe T Cooper.) I'd much rather read JT Leroy than Jennifer Finney Boyla [...]

    2. The Correspondents #2Dear MJ/Paul,Hey man, thanks for writing to me. (You can tell I’m an American since I start my letters with hey man which all Americans use in their formal correspondence to denote their Yankeeism ha ha ha pulling yer leg man). I love that you love me! Thank you for reading my little bookies! I wrote them on napkins and on the floor. But look, Paul. I think you’re a mixed-up kid. I think you need guidance. Don’t be writing that metafiction shit man. That stuff was old [...]

    3. It's not the heart that is deceitful above all things, but this author. But she fooled a whole lot of stupid hipsters and assorted douche bag celebrities so that makes her ok by me.

    4. (long)the following biases are worth accounting for before i get into the review proper (which covers my response to both "sarah" and "the heart is deceitful"):1) i read "sarah" and "the heart is deceitful" well after the whole leroy unveiling (which i followed with intense interest, so i knew a lot of the details beforehand), and in the context of working on a paper that read leroy into a broader history of literary deceptions/hoaxes/imposters, so i definitely approached the books with a certai [...]

    5. I enjoyed it.I first read this book in eighth grade (age 14 or so), and took it in simply as a work of fiction (as that is how the copy I had rented from the library was marked). I didn't know, nor did/do I care, that JT Leroy was not a real person. I still loved the book in all its scandal and insensitivity. I enjoyed reading about a sad and difficult childhood while I myself was going through difficult times. I found it very enjoyable in general, although I am one who tends to lean towards mor [...]

    6. Beautifully written, tightly structured transgressive picaresque/ road novel that was wrongfully co-opted into a self-helpy child abuse expose/memoir. It's affecting and sad but, let's face it, this has more in common with those Richard Kern-Lydia Lunch shorts of the 80's, "The Right Side of My Brain" and particularly "Fingered," than it does "A Child Called It"--a trashy nihilistic punk quality that Asia Argento capitalized on in her brilliant, woefully underrated movie adaptation of it. Sarah [...]

    7. I didn't really care about the whole drama surrounding JT Leroy when I read this, about whether he really existed or was a made up character (which it now turns out "he" was) in turn writing works of fiction based on a life which is also a work of fiction I still don't care that JT didn't actually exist - it doesn't take away from the writing or the story in my eyes. Perhaps it displays even more storytelling talent on the author's part? I found "The Heart" to be more realistic than "Sarah" was, [...]

    8. DNFHonestly, I hard skimmed the last 60 pages (disregarding the seven additional stories not included in the original publication text).It's not solely due to the fact that the subject matter is truly vile, and at the same time leaving me numb (I've been so desensitized by the worst-of-the-worst films and literature to be affected any more-so); this book is just not written well. The abuse is exploitative and repetitive in its savagery. It's an unrelenting Hell for Jeremiah, but one that feels f [...]

    9. Though the works of J.T. Leroy turned out to be hoax. They weren’t autobiographical or the work of a runaway teenage prostitute. It still doesn’t diminish the powerful writing and stories. I am glad it was a hoax knowing things like the actions on these pages and people like this do exist is horrifying but I’m glad in this instance they all didn’t happen to this one person and that there is no real victim here reaching out and telling there story.This book is sort of a prequel to SARAH i [...]

    10. Honestly, I'm still not sure that I "liked" this book. Each story was grueling and horrifying, reminiscent of American Psycho in that it tested the reader's threshold on every page. And I think you could argue that the book is "poverty porn," in that it makes the mother so unlikeable and aggressive, and the narrator so much the victim, that it lets readers situation themselves a bit too comfortably outside of this world. It makes readers into tourists, as they can revel in the dark details so as [...]

    11. The title comes from a bible passage, actually. It’s from the book of Jeremiah (also the name of the book’s protagonist) and goes: “The heart is deceitful above all things and it is exceedingly corrupt: Who can know it?” I don’t even need to say how effective this is in the book. The book reads in a bit of a choppy sequence, though the small print on the cover which says “stories” is a little bit misleading. All the chapters add up to one big story about a kid, Jeremiah, whose moth [...]

    12. This is my second time reading this book. The first time I read it was before the whole JT LeRoy hoax was uncovered, and I've since read it again recently.The thing with this book is, is that the narrator's mother is portrayed to be an absolute monster. The attempts to humanize her aren't convincing because she still seems like a hideous shrew. Sure, not all people are nice, but the characterization of Sarah is so absolutely static and unlikeable that it goes past villianous to unbelievable. It [...]

    13. "what makes us into who we are". I think this is the underlying subtext to this book.I find the two parallel lies interesting:1. the lies that Sarah told Jeremiah to keep him in check2. the lies told to Sarah by her father - the concept of right or wrong, and sins and punishment.Whilst Sarah is about rebellion and frustration, Jeremiah is about obedience and innocence.The actual incidents, whilst disturbing, I find it (unfortunately) believable, as I have read instances of abuse and violence car [...]

    14. The JT LeRoy narrative is a depressing subject. It's one thing to write under another identity, but to actually pull people in via the "victim's mentality" is quite Tom Ripley like. There is no doubt in my mind that the author is disturbed, but what is worst is how she hoodwinked a whole community of people.And I am not excluding myself from this world. I too am drawn to writers who seem to have interesting lives. So who can say what is real or not real. What is interesting is that as a reader o [...]

    15. A crazy, sad, and twisted story of abuse and mayhem and its affect on a young man.I read this years ago before the scandal about the author- it's a crazy story! I initially read about this author in the News and Observer and read two of the books, this being one of them. Then, I was on an airplane and happened to read a story in Rolling Stone about how they busted this for more info about the case.

    16. In this book we journey with Jeremiah (5 years old when the book begins) from a fairly normal and happy childhood with foster parents who love him as their own child to a dark, grimy adolescence, when the boy (about 15 years old) has become a tortured, masochistic soul.The book is divided in 10 chapters, each of them telling us an important part in Jeremiah’s formative years and, I would add, descent into hell.The first one –“Dissapearences”– introduces us to Jeremiah on the day he is [...]

    17. The book had an extremely emotional and evocative effect on me. From the moment I opened the cover I couldn't put it down. I felt all these emotions that I had never understood about my own abusive and estranged relationship with my mother. Every inch of love, hate, pain, confusion, ambivalence I felt. I could identify with both Jeremiah and Sarah. It was the first time since reading the autobiography of Frances Farmer when I was 13 that I had some frame of reference for experiences I have felt [...]

    18. mostly sensationalist blather. years ago, some of my upper middle class pals (who couldn't even stomach dorothy allison) all held this book in such high esteem as some tome of truth. i wasn't surprised as i read it that the grim/allegedly "raw" story-telling felt manufactured- as manufactured and fun as watching the depictions of poor or "trashy" people fighting it out on the stages of maury povich or jerry springer. more often than not leroy/altert employs caricatures to characters. sickened bu [...]

    19. LA Weekly's cover story this week is on Laura Albert, the woman behind the author JT Leroy. We hope you enjoy itweekly/art+books/booFrom Nancy Rommelmann's story:"JT's stories made no sense. Sometimes he was Thor's father; sometimes Thor belonged to a woman named Emily, who was threatening to take the boy away. I read a Michael Musto column that claimed Speedie was a transsexual; I looked through the e-mailed photos — she did have awfully big feet. I was fairly sure the honeyed JT voice on the [...]

    20. "Excellent prose. Sucks you right in. I don't care about the author's hoax, really. I treated this as fiction from the start. I loved the movie. MARILYN MANSON. That kid from Zach and Cody was brilliant. Indie movies rock (Gummo.) Anyway this is a great, shocking book. Love it."

    21. Well, here is a thing. I have no, no, no, no idea how I feel about this book. Which is a thing! The not-knowing is a thing. I'm kinda into this not-knowing thing and I want to explore it further. Full disclosure: I've had relationships based on a similar this exact premise.

    22. Crudele."Su quella cornice di roccia, guardando dall'alto le case sgangherate e distrutte, capisco che il mondo è improvvisamente diventato spaventoso, violento e falso come i cartoni animati che non avevo il permesso di guardare." [pag. 18]Comincio con il dire che non sapevo nulla dell'operazione di marketing con cui è stato lanciato questo romanzo (che in teoria doveva essere un'autobiografia e poi si è rivelato scritto da una donna di circa 40 anni madre di famiglia) per cui non mi sento i [...]

    23. "Resto appeso lì, con le voci che ancora mi sanguinano nelle orecchie, guardo la mia ombra, solida come la silhouette di un corpo assassinato, e prego. Forse un altro taglio, solo un altro ancora, e poi mi si staccherà per sempre."L'infanzia maledetta del giovane Jeremiah, riprodotta nella sua seconda opera. Più che un romanzo, è una raccolta di racconti, che per buona parte segue una narrazione lineare e continua, come in una successione di capitoli, per poi infrangere, con gli ultimi racco [...]

    24. Non-stop festival of abuse and horror. Lovely writing. The lyricism flies like a bloody crow out of the rape, genital burns, schizophrenia, and meth lab explosions. But the voice of the boy is merely quiet, which only conceals the fact that the mechanics of such a childhood are not understood; they are eclipsed by the endless travesty. Moments revealing greater insight, less dramatized and subtler moments, moments even if entirely fucked, of tenderness that delved into or revealed the internal l [...]

    25. I bought this book before all of the controversy of who the author really was came about. It took me a long time to get around to actually reading it. I find the authorship controversy to be interesting. Is it impossible to let the stories stand alone for their value regardless of who wrote them? The particular edition of the book I have makes no claim that these are "true stories," just "stories." Regardless, I found the writing to be yes, disturbing, yet also human. There are some incredibly p [...]

    26. I think this is a book you're either going to love or hate. It tackles some pretty raw and disturbing issues that are sort of taboo to openly speak about, even in modern day times. I've always been fascinated by the psychology of how people deal with abuse and neglect growing up and I think this gives you a lot of insight. If you're somebody who can't handle reading 'those'(ie: drug abuse, child abuse etc) kind of stories I wouldn't recommend it. It evokes a lot of anger and frustration and the [...]

    27. I actually didn't have any interest in JT Leroy prior to finding out that the whole thing was a fraud. From a surface level skim of his books, I was under the impression that it was relatively lowbrow from a literary standpoint. For something lowbrow to be worth reading for me, it needs to be exciting or interesting. 200 pages of "poor me, I was abused" didn't sound particularly hip. If I wanted to read that, I could go dig up notebooks of stuff that I wrote when I was 16. Once I heard that it w [...]

    28. This is like a novelization of the phrase, "Life sucks and then you die," but with none of the brevity or wit, and all the of the uncomfortable detail. See family go evil. See religion go evil. See beatings, torture, rape, abandonment, gender misidentification and perversion, fluffed out in sensationalist form to wow audiences with tastes that scare me. I don't understand how people can enjoy these sorts of things any more than I can understand how people enjoy torture movies, except this seems [...]

    29. it's not only the author--or authors--who relied on gimmicks to garner attention; the writing, too, is full of cheap tricks and lazy one liners. this book reads like a Mass Market LiveJournal. The author establishes in the early chapters that he (she? it? oh, for Pete's sake) intends to make the reader doubly uncomfortable by invoking a child's voice to narrate explicit stories of every cardinal sin you can name and some you probably couldn't. however, that the main character's voice remains odd [...]

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