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José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi

For Spanish speakers: Conferencia Bicentenario de El Periquillo Sarniento. I’ll pick up again on posting English extracts from the Frye translation of The Mangy Parrot shortly. Here is Danny Anderson’s entry for Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, pp. 213-214. José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi (b. 15 November 1776; d. 21 June 1827), Mexican writer. Born in…

“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

Art and Salvation: Review of Hooten Wilson’s Walker Percy

Here is my review in the Southern Literary Review of Jessica Hooten Wilson’s excellent two books (the original and my preferred version is here): Walker Percy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the Search for Influence. The Ohio State University Press, 2017 Reading Walker Percy’s Novels. Louisiana State University Press, 2018 aestheticsCatholicismDostoyevskyjessica hooten wilsonphilosophical literatureWalker Percy

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

The Moviegoer: Reissue

Reissue of Percy’s first novel with an afterword by Paul Elie. (Are there two afterwords? — both Elie and Richard Ford are listed). existentialismnew orleansPaul Eliephilosophical literatureRichard Fordthe moviegoerWalker Percy

John Kennedy Toole

Born on this day. Toole’s life and times is brilliantly set out in this bio on which a forthcoming bio-pic is being based. I also have an edited volume in the works dealing with several aspects of the novel and that should be published next summer or autumn. Butterfly in the TypewriterConfederacy of DuncesCory MacLauchlinhumourJohn Kennedy…