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An aperture is an opening through which light travels. A smaller aperture means increased depth of field.
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☽ Winter B.S. 1960 - Tuscon, AZ

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most swinish, i.e., most pig-like

a pejorative intensifier, chiefly British in usage [derived from sodomize, that the degree of intensification be clear]

something very small

the Beats
members of the Beat generation

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1956 Mercury Montclair
See right, though Incandenza's father's car is "bit-lip red."

full of small protuberances

another word for tendon or ligament

According to the OED, a parp is a honking sound; parping is defined as causing something (as a car horn) to parp.

Head is body.
Incandenza's father is expressing a non-Cartesian point of view. René Descartes (1596-1650), the French polymath, separated the mind (res cogitans) from the body (res extensa).

gleaming red

Latrodectus mactans
Southern black widow, a highly venomous species of spider

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putting into action

German: No?

what turns the rudder to steer a boat

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pronator teres
a muscle of the forearm

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having whorls, i.e., coiled and spiral shapes

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flying sod
He's referring to divots, i.e., bits of the fairway that get torn up when a golf ball is hit.

anal rage
He's probably referring to anal-retentive rage, rather than rage specifically located in the anus.

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a brand of automobile, examples of which can be seen here

past tense of heave

possibly abbreviated form of lummox ("clumsy or stupid person") as neither "smoked salmon" or "liquid oxygen" fit

in a sociable manner

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Note that Incandenza's father calls his own father by the same nickname as Incandenza's children call him.

senza errori
Italian: Without errors

From Afrikaans, this is a word for an open field with grass, bushes, etc.

quick and skillful

here referring to Franklin Roosevelt

This is "a structure of crossed wooden or metal strips usually arranged to form a diagonal pattern of open spaces between the strips" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).

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a city of Arizona, 82 miles south of Tucson

probably referring to James Dean

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resistance of an object to a change in its state of motion or rest.

having a rough surface because of minute points or projections

having undergone mortification of the flesh, i.e., abuse of the body by oneself as a form of penance

the University of Southern California

probably Frankie Avalon

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November 4th, YDAU - Pemulis Scores DMZ

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suggestive in style of the ancient Romans

Inman Square
a square in Cambridge named for colonial merchant Ralph Inman

a high-fashion clothes company

Mr. Howell
Gilligan's Island character Thurston J. Howell, III

jaunty or dashing

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formal shoes with laces

the enclosed part of an airplane, where the engine is housed

Most commonly, this acronym stands for "demilitarized zone," as in the area between North and South Korea. Here it is a made-up drug name.

not a real Web site

Mescaline is the active ingredient in peyote.

an acronym for trimethoxyamphetamine

STP stands for "serenity, tranquity, and peace," and it's a pseudonym for DOM, which stands for dimethoxy-4-methylamphetamine.

acronym for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimethyltryptamine dimethyltryptamine

Ololiuqui or datura's scopolamine, or Fluothane, or Bufotenine (a.k.a. 'Jackie-O.'), or Ebene
Ololiuqui is a type of morning glory plants, the seeds of which are known to be hallucinogenic. Datura's scopolamine is another name for hyoscine. Fluothane is an inhaled general anesthetic. Bufotenine is an alternate spelling of bufotenin and is the active ingredient in the skin of toads that cause hallucinations when licked. (I have no idea why it's called "Jackie-O.") Ebene is a South American tree that yields a hallucinogen used in rituals.

interbreeding between different races

Endnote 56

acronym for paramethoxyamphetamine

Found in the essential oil of nutmeg. In addition to a semi-conscious state, myristicin also has been known to induce psychoactive effects such as visual distortions.

Also called LSA, it's found in morning glory seeds

Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in Tabernanthe iboga. Ibogaine-containing preparations have a history of medicinal and ritual use within Africa and are controversially used to treat narcotics addiction.

yagé's harmaline
Yagé is the native name for banisteria. Harmaline is the active ingredient.

apparently a coined word

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better known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead

referring to Italian Futurism, an art movement on the early 20th century

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chemist at Sandoz Pharm.
This would be Albert Hoffman (born 1906), a Swiss scientist best known for first synthesizing LSD.

Alan Watts
Alan Wilson Watts (1915-1973) was a British-born philosopher and writer in the field of comparative religion.

T. Leary
Timothy Francis Leary (1920-1996) was an American writer and psychologist best known as an advocate for regular LSD use.

Millbrook NY
a town in New York state, about 90 miles north of New York City

actually a radio station in Syracuse, New York

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Riverside Hamlet
The Riverside Shakespeare is one of the better-known editions of Shakespeare's work. Note that Hal, who is based on the character Hamlet, is reading Hamlet.

the minor and soft-core Alexandrian mosaic
i.e. Byzantine erotica (cf. 29, 36)

Consummation of the Levirates
A levirate is a man called up to marry his elder brother's childless widow, in accordance with Jewish Law. In the Bible, Onan was punished for not consummating his Levirate marriage (he pulled out and spilled his seed).[1]

a (probably deliberate) misspelling of Barron's

Tilden on Spin
The book by William Tatem "Big Bill" Tilden II (1893-1953), American tennis giant, is actually entitled Match Play and the Spin of the Ball.


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Year of the Yushityu...

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intentionally misleading language

a person who loads and unloads cargo from boats

40 km.
almost 25 miles

German: Quickly (or more likely in this case: "Hustle")

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formants and fricatives, trochaically stressed
A formant is, according to Wikipedia, "a peak in an acoustic frequency spectrum which results from the resonant frequencies of any acoustic system." A fricative is a phoneme produced by forcing air through tight lips. In English, fricatives are /s/, /z/, /th/, and /zh/. Trochaically means spoken in trochees, or a metrical foot on two syllables with the stress on the first (the word "trochee" is a trochee).

An aperture is an opening through which light travels. A smaller aperture means increased depth of field.

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8 1/2
a film by Federico Fellini

incapable of being stretched

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a skin cleaner marketed by Procter & Gamble

not a drug currently marketed in the U.S.

Epsom salts
Magnesium sulfate, used to relieve pain, among other uses.

November 4th, YDAU - Pat Montesian's Drop-in-hours

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Higher Power
Most twelve-step drug or alcohol recovery programs teach a belief in God or a "Higher Power" (the latter to soften the blow to atheists).

Kemp and Limbaugh
Jack French Kemp, Jr. (1935-2009), was a conservative American politician, former member of the House of Representative, former Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, and 1996 Republican candidate for Vice President.

Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born 1951) is a conservative radio talk-show host.

medical term for the sensation of insects crawling on or under the skin

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a (probably deliberate) misspelling of "magnanimously," i.e., generously

the Fenway
the Fenway-Kenmore section of Boston

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more specifically, the nasal septum

also known as cleft lip or cleft palate

As in the same Tommy Doocey already introduced; the harelipped pot dealer in the trailer park with the smelly snakes.

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2% proof
Redundant because "proof" is an expression of alcohol content. Doubling the alcohol percentage gives you proof, i.e., 2% alcohol is 4 proof.

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