A Confederacy of Dunces.

Not far from my home is the Toole-Hecker House. This is the last residence of John Kennedy Toole, author of “A Confederacy of Dunces.” The book was released just before I started LSU and I recall the high praise it received for its rich depiction of New Orleans. Toole earned a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1981 for it. If you have not read this literary treasure, you should. It’s hilarious!

A monumental presence.

Puch John James Audubon

Puch Maxi admiring the statue of John James Audubon, namesake of the Audubon Zoo and surrounding area. Audubon was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter noted for his detailed illustrations of birds in their natural habitats. He lived from 1785 to 1851 (predating Puch’s founding in 1899 by nearly 50 years). This monument, with sculpture standing high on a pedestal, was created by Edward Virginius Valentine and unveiled on November 26, 1910 in Audubon Park, New Orleans.