Fire the Canon

This week, we break down the first 6 chapters of a cult classic, that great work of New Orleansiana: John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. Get ready for some controversy, y’all!  Ignatius J. Reilly is perhaps the worst person we’ve ever had as a main character.  Theo flexes his degree.  Jackie has a hilarious disco night pratfall at a skating rink.  Rachel gets unfairly attacked by a lesbian.  The gang contemplates adding an animal.  Topics include: Thelma & Louise, NOLA, Dr. Nut, Mr. Peanut, Baby Nut, Nut Jr., phonies, resting glare face, and Abracadabra!

Content warning: racism, sexism, anti-fatness, antisemitism.

That New Yorker article we mentioned: https://www.newyorker.com/books/second-read/the-uneasy-afterlife-of-a-confederacy-of-dunces

Show Notes

This week, we break down the first 6 chapters of a cult classic, that great work of New Orleansiana: John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. Get ready for some controversy, y’all!  Ignatius J. Reilly is perhaps the worst person we’ve ever had as a main character.  Theo flexes his degree.  Jackie has a hilarious disco night pratfall at a skating rink.  Rachel gets unfairly attacked by a lesbian.  The gang contemplates adding an animal.  Topics include: Thelma & Louise, NOLA, Dr. Nut, Mr. Peanut, Baby Nut, Nut Jr., phonies, resting glare face, and Abracadabra!

Content warning: racism, sexism, anti-fatness, antisemitism.

That New Yorker article we mentioned: https://www.newyorker.com/books/second-read/the-uneasy-afterlife-of-a-confederacy-of-dunces

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What is Fire the Canon?

Prefer your books in comedy form, but still want to sound smart at parties? We got you. Discover the hilarity hidden in the classics with new episodes every Thursday.