A Confederacy of Dunces

I’m obsessed with writers who have their own voice, to the point where I can be forgiving of some weaker plot shit.  I can’t entirely forgive weak plot -ish, looking at you Burlesque with your plot holes and lost opportunity — that movie needed more Cher songs, way more Cher songs, like ten Cher songs. A Confederacy of Dunces is easily the best book I’ve read since Last Exit to Brooklyn. I strongman recommend both. And not like 1920s circus strong man, but like the ones that pull busses complete with vains that pop, grunts that could wake heavy sleepers and oversized organs that will probably lead to premature death. Read it.

On a side note, I hang out at a coffee shop across the street from where Burlesque was filmed. There is a really sad framed movie poster signed by a PA that says “Christina loved your coffee!” There is also a hot barista who came to LA to be in “weird, arty movies” and we share a passion for ghost tours in foreign cities.

Hope everyone had a great weekend, comment if you did anything epic! I finished reading two books, spent 12+ hours travelling, and am about to be late to meet up with a friend.



15 thoughts on “A Confederacy of Dunces

  1. artjen1971 says:

    Ignatius is an interesting study. We have a friend (sort of) that is just like him…that may be the only reason why I didn’t just love the book! lol…He’s like Comic Book Store Guy from the Simpsons, only without a job.

  2. J-Bo says:

    I like the line that goes something like, “The most dull things can seem interesting through the eyes of a good narrator, and the most interesting things can seem dull through the eyes of a bad narrator.” Or something like that.

  3. Tim Birchard says:

    Epic: after years of helping people in crisis, realized a couple weeks ago I am WAY burned out. Quit my job to be a musician/producer. Ready for more abundance than ever. Peace.

  4. borderer says:

    The only reason i can see that Confederacy of Dunces is not taught in schools, and The Great Gatsby is, is that gatsby is shorter. CoD is magnificent. I was moved. To what, I am still baffled. Ignatius reminded me of Wimpy, an American for whom i harbour great fondness.

  5. elroyjones says:

    Ashley, I loved Ignatius too, read COD 25 years ago or so when I lived in New Orleans. If you have the opportunity, The Neon Bible is also very good.
    Ironweed by William Kennedy has been sitting in my bookcase for 20 years and was good in a similar way.

  6. cooper says:

    I may have to read CoD again. Maybe I was expecting too much the first time I read it. There were parts I liked and parts that seemed to drag. But, I read it a long time ago so maybe I need to revisit…

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