Posts Tagged ‘John Kennedy Toole’

Literary Doppelgangers

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

WOODY ALLEN & JOYCE CAROL OATES

There’s a Woody Allen joke where he and a woman mutually undress in a hotel room, until he, without his glasses on, realizes he’s standing before a mirror. That woman, if there ever were one, would be Joyce Carol Oates, also near-sighted and pensive, self-conscious with dour eyebrows. Of the life-size bronze statue of him in Oviedo, Spain (a town he featured in Vicky Cristina Barcelona), let us hope he doesn’t undress before it. He also said “Don’t knock masturbation, it’s sex with someone I love,” which Joyce read as a rejection that fateful night in that hotel room, leaving her with nothing but time, and that chest-sinking task of writing too many novels to count.

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Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Is it John Kennedy Toole or Kurt Vonnegut today?