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John Kennedy Toole

Datum narození: 17. prosinec 1937
Datum úmrtí: 26. březen 1969

John Kennedy Toole byl americký spisovatel známý především jako autor románu Spolčení hlupců.


„Držel jsem si dlaně na očích, jako bych se bál, že mě někdo uvidí a řekne, že jsem na to už starý, ale já jsem brečel jako ještě nikdy v životě, víc, než když jsem byl malý.“ Neónová bible

„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.“ A Confederacy of Dunces


„Apparently I lack some particular perversion which today's employer is seeking.“ A Confederacy of Dunces

„... 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.“
A Confederacy of Dunces

„Is my paranoia getting completely out of hand, or are you mongoloids really talking about me?“ A Confederacy of Dunces

„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.“ A Confederacy of Dunces

„I mingle with my peers or no one, and since I have no peers, I mingle with no one.“ A Confederacy of Dunces

„The day before me is fraught with God knows what horrors.“ A Confederacy of Dunces


„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.“
A Confederacy of Dunces

„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.“ A Confederacy of Dunces

„When Fortuna spins you downward, go out to a movie and get more out of life.“ A Confederacy of Dunces

„Stop!' I cried imploringly to my god-like mind.“ A Confederacy of Dunces


„My life is a rather grim one. One day I shall perhaps describe it to you in great detail.“ A Confederacy of Dunces

„I suspect that beneath your offensively and vulgarly effeminate façade there may be a soul of sorts. Have you read widely in Boethius?"
"Who? Oh, heavens no. I never even read newspapers."
"Then you must begin a reading program immediately so that you may understand the crises of our age," Ignatius said solemnly. "Begin with the late Romans, including Boethius, of course. Then you should dip rather extensively into early Medieval. You may skip the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. That is mostly dangerous propaganda. Now that I think of it, you had better skip the Romantics and the Victorians, too. For the contemporary period, you should study some selected comic books."
"You're fantastic."
"I recommend Batman especially, for he tends to transcend the abysmal society in which he's found himself. His morality is rather rigid, also. I rather respect Batman.“
A Confederacy of Dunces

„I avoid that bleak first hour of the working day during which my still sluggish senses and body make every chore a penance. I find that in arriving later, the work which I do perform is of a much higher quality.“ A Confederacy of Dunces

„Canned food is a perversion,' Ignatius said. 'I suspect that it is ultimately very damaging to the soul.“ A Confederacy of Dunces

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