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A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole

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“I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.”

“Apparently I lack some particular perversion which today's employer is seeking. ”

“Is my paranoia getting completely out of hand, or are you mongoloids really talking about me?”

“...I doubt very seriously whether anyone will hire me.' What do you mean, babe? You a fine boy with a good education.' Employers sense in me a denial of their values.' He rolled over onto his back. 'They fear me. I suspect that they can see that I am forced to function in a century I loathe. This was true even when I worked for the New Orleans Public Library.”

“You could tell by the way he talked, though, that he had gone to school a long time. That was probably what was wrong with him.”

“I mingle with my peers or no one, and since I have no peers, I mingle with no one.”

“I refuse to "look up." Optimism nauseates me. It is perverse. Since man's fall, his proper position in the universe has been one of misery.”

“The day before me is fraught with God knows what horrors.”

“It smells terrible in here.' Well, what do you expect? The human body, when confined, produces certain odors which we tend to forget in this age of deodorants and other perversions. Actually, I find the atmosphere of this room rather comforting. Schiller needed the scent of apples rotting in his desk in order to write. I, too, have my needs. You may remember that Mark Twain preferred to lie supinely in bed while composing those rather dated and boring efforts which contemporary scholars try to prove meaningful. Veneration of Mark Twain is one of the roots of our current intellectual stalemate.”

“When Fortuna spins you downward, go out to a movie and get more out of life.”

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