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The John Kennedy Toole Story

Several people have asked about my interest in John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. It’s one of those novels that one typically either “gets” or one does not — the former group can be pretty obsessive and protective about it (if you are one of those dour, humourless, censorious, and perpetually seeking offence types…

John Kennedy Toole

Born on this day. Every thing you need to know about Toole can be found here (documentary), here (biography) and here (review of aforementioned bio). Stay tuned for the forthcoming theatrical feature based upon JKT bio. When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against…

Gottlieb on Toole after Fifty Years

In Robert Gottlieb’s recently published memoir Avid Reader he briefly talks about the fraught relationship he had with Ken Toole. So in barely two pages devoted to Toole and in light of the critical and commercial status that Dunces has achieved worldwide, Gottlieb still dismisses Toole as sophomoric! Even with the benefit of the interim 50…