Trump v Moby-Dick

I’ve become a real fan of @MobyDickatSea, a bot-based feed of random quotes from the book. It’s amazing how well some of these fragments stand up as individual thoughts!

After the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump I noticed a pattern… random juxtaposition of quotes that seemed to provide commentary on the man and his policies. Some of these are remarkably good and presented below for your entertainment. They are also a testament to how similar our new prez is to the doomed Captain Ahab!

I’ll be updating this post and tweeting to @Richard_Rathe hashtag #TrumpvMobyDick over the next few weeks. The source tweets obviously belong to others. I include them for satire and commentary.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Source: book cover

A Confederacy of Dunces is one of my all time favorites! The story behind the book is almost as improbable… a first novel by a young unknown author who then commits suicide… a mother who refuses to give up after many rejections… a little help from an academic and the NEA… once published it takes off and wins the Pulitzer Prize!

Ignatius J. Reilly is an original and compelling protagonist, a sort of perverse philosopher king (at least in his own mind!). As I recently re-read the book I made a connection that may not be coincidental. Could Ignatius have been part of the inspiration for Eric Cartman of South Park fame?!