The World's First Blogger
Does this sound familiar: thirty year-old single guy, grossly overweight, lives at home with his mother, walks around in his underwear, flatulent, dyspeptic, paranoid, writes daily misanthropic screeds?
The average blogger? Almost.
It's Ignatius J. Reilly, the protagonist of the early 1960's novel "A Confederacy of Dunces." Other than Reilly's Big Chief writing tablet and Venus Medalist pencil instead of the not-yet-invented personal computer, the similarities to members of today's "pajamas media" seem eerie.
Too bad "Dunces" author John Kennedy Toole offed himself back in 1969 after failing to get his book published. Once it was published in 1980, "Dunces" won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, as well as countless accolades for its humor, its themes of race and class, its political incorrectness, and its description of the seamy life of New Orleans. If Toole were around today, however, he might notice something even more important -- that, in Ignatius J. Reilly, he may have created the World's First Blogger.