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u/aikoaiko · 25 pointsr/Foodforthought

Here's a great book about that:

A Confederacy of Dunces – 1987 by John Kennedy Toole

“When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.”

—Jonathan Swift, “Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting”

u/[deleted] · 15 pointsr/AskReddit

The following are some of my favorite books that I could think of off the top of my head. Hopefully you dig the list.

u/Saul_Panzer_NY · 14 pointsr/exmormon

"A Confederacy of Dunces"

It fits your situation and is unbelievably funny.

u/Pandora_Glovebox · 5 pointsr/howtonotgiveafuck
u/MaryOutside · 5 pointsr/books

Perhaps The Life of Pi, or this magnificent bastard, or maybe Lamb. Maybe, if you are up for a challenge, you could try either [Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World] and/or Cloud Atlas. Careful with Cloud Atlas, there is another book by the same title. The one you're looking for is written by David Mitchell. If that doesn't work, report back and we'll figure something else out.

u/mrxulski · 5 pointsr/BestOfOutrageCulture

It's about criticizing people who burn their Nike shoes and smash their Keurigs for political reasons. Outrage Culture is some dope claiming that Jussie Smollett wanted to start a race war. This sub is where I learned about Umberto Eco's Ur-Fascism and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Plenty of really dumb people like to brigade this forum with predictable "no you" comments like "you are the people who are outraged" as if laughing at people who burn their Nikes and smash their Keurigs is somehow being "outraged". Any old idiot can "criticize" it takes thought to point out actual outrage.

I've put a total of

If you really want to understand this sub, here are some quotes that started posts. Remember, these are all outrageous things that people put on the internet.

>So true, I'm 51 and what I see these days tells me that the attempts at emasculation of men by the militant feministsand indeed the liberal communists who've been ruining our society for years is working. People are just not what they used to be. Not just physical toughness, but no one seems to have rock solid principles and most people's word is no good anymore. Its a sad state of affairs.
>"[Showerthought] A decade ago, we used to half-joke that anyone criticizing George W. Bush would be labeled a terrorist and thrown in gitmo. I never thought that Feminism would be the political group to actually try to do it."
>"Men love to insult each other. But now you can't call each other gay or faggotedbecause you may cause some offense. Now whatever faggot decided that calling someone gay is offensive is the gayest person ever. I don't blame the SJWs, I blame the people in power"
>"They are incredibly good at putting you under a spell where you run around like a delusional idiot...Feminism is one of the worst ideologies since maybe the kkk. The are racist, sexist, and quite frankly insane."
>"This is supposed to be the American college system....the place forlearning. Instead our colleges are being turned into Nazi brainwashing camps. This country is fucked."
>"The reason the Soviet Union collapsed is the same reason the SJW community will collapse: they refuse to admit when anything is wrong, and challenging the prevailing narrative can get you defamed, attacked, and silenced."
>"SJW's are basically the equivalent of evangelicals in the sense that unless you accept the Original Sin of privilege, they really don't have anything to talk about with you, and you must be evil."
>" The whole idea of "white privilege" is a bullshit concept foisted by American academics who live in real privilege in their cloistered world, where they never have to be exposed to anything that challenges their neat little perceptions. "
>" 'Male privilege' gets disproven every time a man contracts a disease, goes to the hospital, loses his job, falls into poverty, gets robbed, gets mugged, or dies. "
>"Are BLM, Islam, and the skeletons all the same force?" "Yes, they are all death cults. Notice how all of them attack Western art and culture. Islam destroys monuments, BLM burns buildings, and skeletons "deconstruct" great works of art and "creates" poop on the American flag."

If you don't understand Outrage Culture after reading all these stories and links, I don't know what else to tell you. Please follow the links. Most people who accuse others of being offended are the ones who are offended. Ben Shapiro thinks that outrage culture is when college students protest him. The truth is that college students protest him because he spreads lies and bigotry. It's not nearly as funny as people burning their Nike shoes or smashing their Keurigs.


u/karmathestrange · 3 pointsr/books

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books and A Confederacy of Dunces.

It was easy for me to discover the classics of literature, but the concept of a funny book made my eyes roll a bit. I read writers who were being clever and cute and I could recognize that something was humorous, but nothing came close to making me guffaw like an exceptional comedy film could.

I was wrong. I would end up laughing like a maniac at passages in both of these books while riding the subway. With Hitchhiker's I'd have to force myself to re-read some of the more hilarious passages the way you'd rewind your favorite scene in a movie.

Up until then a book hadn't really made me laugh, and here I was smiling and laughing at these books. It felt amazing.

u/jasenlee · 3 pointsr/books

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. It's unlike anything I'v ever read (not the same old story) and you'll find yourself speaking in the main characters inner dialog for a couple of weeks (at least I did).

u/Uncle_Erik · 3 pointsr/fatpeoplestories


I came in here to mention A Confederacy Of Dunces, one of the funniest books ever written. It actually is a FPS and much more.

Anyone who enjoys this subreddit ought to read it.

u/xwonka · 3 pointsr/books

I don't know about intellectually stimulating, but "A Confederacy of Dunces" is fucking hilarious.

u/shelbys_foot · 3 pointsr/politics

I'd recommend Louisiana adopt this book instead. It's set in New Orleans and the title describes Louisiana's current government perfectly.

u/Malazaniac · 3 pointsr/books

Probably this. It's a classic.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

u/RGazala · 2 pointsr/books
u/mushpuppy · 2 pointsr/books

Shantaram. Rich, marvelous book.

Also Auntie Mame. FYI the movie with Rosalind Russell may change your life. At the very least it could become your favorite movie ever.

The books by Hornby that everyone mentions are good.

Motherless Brooklyn is really good. So is Ghostwritten by David Mitchell. Not so much that they're happy, but that they're engrossing. And they're not, like, Atonement.

Oh! Duh! Happiest book ever maybe: A Confederacy of Dunces. The story behind its publication is tragic, but the book, pretty much everyone who's read it says, is the funniest ever.

Catch-22 also is really, really good. And funny! If you're into irony anyway.

u/karthurneil · 2 pointsr/books
  • House of Leaves. It won't really teach you anything, but you'll get a sense of accomplishment from finishing it.
  • A Confederacy of Dunces. If you feel like you have no direction in life, this might make you feel better about yourself. If nothing else, its a good laugh.
  • Catch-22. Mentioned here already, but really, it might be the best book of the 20th century.

  • EDIT The French Laundry Cookbook. It's a must for foodies, it's a phenomenal coffee table book, and it's inspiring to read the perspective of someone with so much passion for their craft.
u/SgtPeppersFourth · 2 pointsr/lewronggeneration

For those of you who don’t know, this is a passage from A Confederacy of Dunces. Its protagonist, Ignatius J. Reilly is the original neckbeard. He is the perfect mix of /r/lewronggeneration, /r/justneckbeardthings, and /r/iamverysmart.

There are so many great quotes from this book, I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys this subreddit

u/GoAskAlice · 2 pointsr/fatpeoplestories

Piggybacking off your comment because I'm a nice, helpful motherfucker, to drop an Amazon link

Lucky me, found it in my husband's enormous collection of books.

u/rarelyserious · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Have you read A Confederacy of Dunces yet?

u/Selrisitai · 1 pointr/writing

John Kennedy Toole's first novel was rather complex.

u/reddilada · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/kaisawheel · 1 pointr/AskReddit