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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

Dead Sea Tapes

Chuffed to come across this recently broadcast (previously blocked) programme. Among the featured gems are The Dead Sea Tapes, Peter’s views on religion, his taste in reading and much more besides. I have a chum  who used to live around the corner from Perrin’s Walk in Ellerdale Road, near the convent (or was it a girls school) mentioned in…

The most influential chat show you’ve never heard of

We live in a time when being dumb is reward and being smart is counter-culture. If one makes a claim for harbouring a disinterested approach to truth, then one needs to explore ideas beyond one’s ideological reservation, most of which have long since become barren and infertile through infelicitous activity. It used to be that being liberal was punkishly…

Stephen Fry on A Confederacy of Dunces

I’d imagine that Fry would have done a decent job on the script and he’s absolutely correct that Robbie Coltrane would have made for a plausible Ignatius, circa 1980 that is. Robbie by the way does a very convincing American accent. But we know that the best Iggy would have been Charles Laughton! (in-joke). This said,…