Columns gathered and untold stories of bad behavior …
If you’ve read Peter Jones for awhile, you know his work is insightful, funny, irreverent, expansive, and engaging. Sometimes it’s educational, despite itself, and sometimes it surprises you with a poignant and powerful introspection.
In his new book, The Bad Editor – Collected Columns and Untold Stories of Bad Behavior, you get it all and more.
In its 250 pages there are 30 columns already published from various titles including Sport rider, American road race, Motorcycle street and strip, Motorcyclist magazines and Speed.com.
The book features 19 untold stories of bad behavior exclusive to the book. You’ve probably seen his work in other places, like Bike world, Bagging machines, Cycle news, Rider, road runner, Road runner, Motorcycle cruiser, Motorcycle Consumer News, and others.
It’s hard to say if he’s better as a pilot, a racer, or a writer. Obviously, he has powerful credit for everyone.
In the case of his new book, it is the writer who is part of his skills that shines. Concrete example: the column entitled “I Met Lord Jim” originally published in American road races reviewed in November 1999.
In it, Jones delivers a pragmatic article that he warns is “something significant.” Given that this was his first column in the first issue of the newly created American Roadracing, and it was a deeply personal examination of racing, risk and harm – as in the causing – the article is remarkable and courageous.
Indeed, it is so different from what one would expect and so powerful in its meditation on running and human consequences, I have read it twice from cover to cover. It should be required reading for all potential runners and is stimulating reading for current runners as well.
The story examines an accident Jones had during a race at Pocono and the harm it caused, not to him but to Stewart Goddard, who was seriously injured when he left the track while attempting to ‘avoid Jones.
The story is not that simple. Goddard was not just another driver on the grid. He was running although he was paralyzed from the chest down as a result of a moped accident as a teenager. Jones already knew Goddard personally. He had conversations with Goddard about risk and racing, which made what happened at Pocono even more difficult to deal with.
“Various crashes have shown me that there is a lot that can happen on a track that is beyond a rider’s control, even though the riders think they are in control. But now I had been shown that there was one major detail of risk that I had never properly considered: the risk that one runner actually takes on another. Plus, this incident went beyond that with the added ironies of the critically injured runner being a friend, and Stewart Goddard, of all people. It shouldn’t mean anything special, but it’s hard not to do it, ”Jones writes.
In other parts of the book, Jones goes about his inability to take gasoline gauges seriously – and the consequences of that, he explores the vagaries of the legal system related to movement violations, ponders the unwritten rules governing the deployment of gasoline new models from manufacturers. , and a range of other subjects he deals with with his more standard wit, irony and self-deprecating humor.
Make no mistake about this great book by its title – it’s not about the mundane existence of being a task-oriented editor, good or bad. Rather, it’s a revealing and entertaining look at the life of a bone-marrow motorcyclist who sometimes makes bad choices and, despite this, ends up with the dream existence of riding and racing motorcycles for a living. with the added joys of writing about it thrown in.
The book is even a handy size to take in your satchel or tank bag. It’s a compilation of superb conversational writing; I only wish there were some of the images that could have accompanied the stories!
- Title: The wrong editor
- Subtitle: Collected Columns and Untold Stories of Bad Behavior
- Author: Peter Jones
- The Web: www.TheBadEditor.com
- Posted: April 28, 2021 250 pages, 5.25 “× 8”
- Editor: Bad Cat Library, New York, NY
- ISBN: 978-1-7369195-0-7
- MSRP: US $ 18.55