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A Confederacy of Dunces: Stephen Fry on his decades-long struggle to adapt the most unfilmable book ever written

From The Telegraph, by Alexander Larman. As per the cover art, the edited book Theology and Geometry is in press. +++++++++ In 1969, the 31-year old, would-be author John Kennedy Toole killed himself. Frustrated and miserable that his magnum opus, a picaresque New Orleans-set comic novel entitled A Confederacy of Dunces, had failed to find a publisher,…

Baron Corvo aka Fr. Rolfe

Born on this date. If you appreciate the anarchic A Confederacy of Dunces you may well enjoy Rolfe’s super funny and outrageous novel Hadrian the Seventh. A classic in its own right is A. J. A. Symons’ biography of Rolfe, The Quest For Corvo. Below: Alec McCowen as Hadrian the Seventh, Mermaid Theatre, April 1968 winning his…

“Ken” Toole

It’s been fifty years since the loss of this man. Gone but certainly not forgotten. If anything, his star has never been as high. Paying my respects. Ducoing Tomb, Greenwood Cemetery a confederacy of duncesJohn Kennedy Toolenew orleansphilosophical literatureWalker Percy

Taleb the Philosopher

Since I’m deeply in Boëthius mode for my forthcoming edited book of essays on A Confederacy of Dunces, this invocation of Boëthius and Taleb grabbed me. Here is Joshua Hochschild’s review of Taleb’s collected works. Boethius the patron saint of bullshit detectors. Taleb displays familiarity with many expected theorists of epistemological humility: Montaigne and Hume, Hayek…

A fat, freakish hero lives again

John Sutherland discusses A Confederacy of Dunces’ recent surge. Stay tuned for a collection of essays on Dunces forthcoming this summer. Stephen Fry has long since touted the virtues of this novel. This said, the The Big Yin does have top-notch taste. a confederacy of duncesBilly ConnollyJohn Kennedy TooleJohn Sutherlandphilosophical literaturestephen fry