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“Dunces” bus tour

The very excellent Cory MacLauchlin will be your host on this tour. I’d be there but I have a prior engagement in St. Francisville for the Walker Percy Weekend, WP as most will know, was instrumental in getting “Dunces” published. I do however have an appointment to see the Toole archives at Tulane. Butterfly in the…

The Autoscopic Author: Kafka and Toole

Once again I have Kafka on my mind. I’ve been amending a review of Toole’s biography Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces by the very excellent Cory MacLauchlin to appear in the Journal of Mind and Behavior. Here is a snippet: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The…

Mary “Bunt” Townsend Percy

I was curious to find out whether or not “Bunt” Percy was still alive since it was she that nudged her husband Walker into reading Confederacy. As Cory MacLauchlin tells it: Walker said to Bunt, “You read it. Tell me what to do with it.” A few days later, Walker asked Bunt what she thought…

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?”…