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Happy Birthday Ken

Toole was born this day in 1937 in New Orleans. His mother called him her “Beauteous Babe.”

I have spent the day thinking about Toole’s time in New York City. Thanks to my May trip to Columbia and having the opportunity to see the dorm room in which he lived in 1958, I was able to identify some of the old photographs in the Toole Papers at Tulane.

It has been a good day, pondering a time when he had the world in front of him–nothing but opportunity, potential and talent.

Cheers to you Ken!

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