So much of the information I provided has been embellished, distorted and fabricated. Please allow me to say that, to the best of my recollection, these pages strike me as one of the most unprofessional pieces of writing I’ve seen in some 35 years of a publishing, editing, writing and communications consulting career.
Any biography of John Kennedy Toole not only has to tell the story of his life; it has to correct the legend. It also ought to show how A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES draws on Toole's life, and how it doesn't. Cory MacLauchlin's new biography, BUTTERFLY IN THE TYPEWRITER, does all of the above. The man who emerges is not a tortured artist but an urbane and funny person, a quick mimic, a good dancer, and (until things reached their worst) an engaging teacher.