John Kennedy Toole

Speaking of autoscopic doubles (Toole-Ignatius Reilly) I’m working on a review of Cory MacLauchlin’s Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces. Cory reminds us that today marks the death of Toole. It is often said “how can one assess the greatness of the author on one work?” Well, one work is all it takes. As I’ve repeatedly said, Toole is right up there with Rolfe, Kafka, Musil and Mishima. It reminds me of the tired and dumb cliché that George Best never fulfilled his potential.