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Tuesday, March 25, 2003
 
"Travelling with the Confederacy of Dunces"
from the upcoming Imbibe no.3:
by Leo McGovern

Anyone who knows anything about my literary tendencies knows that one of my all-time favorite novels is John Kennedy Toole's Confederacy of Dunces. Besides being one of best novels written about New Orleans, one that uses the unique dialects of the city as an important aspect of characterization, its author is a fascinating person and a perfect example of a tortured author--Toole committed suicide after years of hiding his homosexuality and numerous failed attempts to publish Dunces during the 1960's.

Because Toole is so fascinating to me it's easy to read into the novel with a bend towards interpreting his character's actions as things Toole himself either experienced or believed in during his life, which is why I have to wonder if he ever had an experience similar to the one I had during my recent trip to the San Diego ComiCon, the largest comic book convention in the United States.

Finish reading the story at the Imbibe Forum--"Travelling with the Confederacy of Dunces"