Ignatius J. Reilly statue mystery solved

A few Romenesko readers/”Confederacy of Dunces” fans expressed concern on Sunday when I tweeted a link to NPR’s Tumblr, which reported that the Ignatius J. Reilly statue at the Chateau Bourbon hotel in New Orleans was missing. Not to worry, though; the hotel told me today that Ignatius was removed “during restoration” and will return soon. I see that the hotel manager told the Times-Picayune’s Bruce Nolan a different story this afternoon: the statue is always put in storage during Mardi Gras, he said.