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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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A Wild Romp Through the French Quarter!

A Confederacy of Dunces

Title: A Confederacy of Dunces
By: John Kennedy Toole

This book made laugh so hard that I literally cried. Ignatius J. Reilly is one of the most colorfully hilarious characters I have ever come across. This is the best tour through the French Quarter that I could ever possibly take, without actually going there, especially with a paradoxically intelligent moron as the tour guide. Follow all 300 pretentious pompous pounds of Ignatius J. Reilly through the French Quarter as you meet unforgettable characters and engrossing encounters that will leave you laughing yourself silly. Three simple words: Read this book.

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Posted by Jean Poole on June 3, 2009 at 10:03 a.m.


October 27, 2009 at 1:46 p.m.:

It won an award back when. Posthumously, alas. Author committed suicide.

October 27, 2009 at 2:04 p.m.:

Yes, John Kennedy Toole won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981 for A Confederacy of Dunces, which was published posthumously. The story of the book's publication is rather fascinating. The author's mother took the manuscript to several different publishers who all rejected it. Finally, in 1980, it was published and went on to be a runaway success. You can read a biography of John Kennedy Toole and learn more about the book in Literature Resources. http://scplweb.santacruzpl.org:2048/l...

January 25, 2010 at 10:51 a.m.:

The biography of Toole:

Ignatius rising : the life of John Kennedy Toole
by Rene Pol Nevils & Deborah George Hardy

is also interesting and delves into his mothers "influence" on his life. Sad though.

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