Reversing the Numbness

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The A Confederacy of Dunces Excerpt of the Day

"Ignatius! So you got yourself fired."

"Please, Mother, I am near the breaking point." Ignatius stuck the bottle of Dr. Nut under his moustache and drank noisily, making great sounds of sucking and gurgling. "If you are planning now to be harpy, I shall certainly be pushed over the brink."

"A little job in a office and you can't hold it down. With all your education."

"I was hated and resented," Ignatius said, casting a hurt expression at the brown walls of the kitchen. He pulled his tongue from the mouth of the bottle with a thump and belched some Dr. Nut. "Ultimately it was all Myrna Minkoff's fault. You know how she makes trouble."

"Myrna Minkoff? Don't gimme that foolishness, Ignatius. That girl's in New York. I know you, boy. You musta really pulled some boo-boos at that Levy Pants."

"My excellence confused them."

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Mom! Toilets blogged! said...

My very favorite part of that book was his first day in the office, when he spent all morning on the floor drawing a sign for his desk.....

SleekPelt said...

mom: The whole Levy Pants fiasco is probably my favorite part of the book. From the sign to the refiling to the uprising.... Doesn't get much better than that.

Rob Zero said...

"What's Happening" Excerpt of the Day

Mama: Roger... give me your belt...
Roger: But I don't have a belt, mama
Re-Run: You can use my belt, Mrs Thomas
Mama: Lord Re-run, I wanna hit the boy, not hang 'im.

SleekPelt said...

rob: Ha! Man, that's a good idea -- a regular excerpt-of-the-day post. I start it with a Confederacy excerpt, and whoever feels like chiming in with another from something else keeps it going.

The Dalai Mama said...

Oh, I'd say he "pulled some boo-boos at that Levy Pants". That's an understatement if I've ever heard one.

Carla said...

Now I'm most intrigued. Think I'll have to pick this one up so I can join in the conversation. Sounds good.

Mom! Toilets blogged! said...

The book is awesome! Read it!

M@ said...

It was a great book. Interesting, the story of how it was published after the author's death.

SleekPelt said...

dm: So true, but Ignatius would never admit to it!

carla: Yeah, you don't want to miss this one. Check out the foreward when you have a second.

mom: More good advice from Mom!

m@: That story is what got me to read it in the first place. Let's see if it works on Carla.

Hattica said...

Miss Trixie was the culprit all along! Her abuse and neglect was what set Ignatius over the edge and spawned his resentment for the Levi folks.

After all, Miss Trixie was, "The smartest one there." LOL!