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- 1 November 10th, YDAU - Eschaton Fallout
- 1.1 Page 508
- 1.2 Page 509
- 1.3 Endnote 209
- 1.4 Page 510
- 1.5 Page 511
- 1.6 Endnote 211
- 1.7 Page 511 (cont'd)
- 1.8 Page 512
- 1.9 Page 513
- 1.10 Page 514
- 1.11 Page 515
- 1.12 Page 516
- 1.13 Page 517
- 1.14 Page 518
- 1.15 Page 519
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- 1.18 Page 522
- 1.19 Page 523
- 1.20 Page 524
- 1.21 Page 525
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- 1.23 Page 527
- 2 Pre-dawn & dawn; May 1st, YDAU - Steeply & Marathe discuss myths of deadly pleasure
November 10th, YDAU - Eschaton Fallout
a real company
brightness of color
a shield-shaped emblem
small stem bearing leaves or flowers
plural of "cumulus," a type of cloud
fluffy cumuli arrayed patternlessly against an overenhanced blue sky, incredibly disorienting ... makes him feel high-altitude and disoriented and sometimes plummeting
this pattern appears on the cover of the book
Doctor of Dental Surgery
cheerful and self confident
a private university near Malibu, California
the capital of the Australian state of Queensland
looking on and offering unwelcome advice
Jamaica Way six-laner
a parkway in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. It's an undivided road with four lanes of traffic, not six.
a flooring company
Dr. Dolores Rusk
Allusion to Vladamir Nabokov's Lolita, a novel about the long-term molestation of a 12-year-old girl named Dolores (also known as Dolly, Lolita, Lola, Lo and L). Phiely's 'disappearance into the Humboldt County hill country' on the previous page is probably a reference to the book's narrator, Humbert Humbert (though Humboldt County is a real place)
the female branch or side of the family, the 'family' in this case being ETA
resembling a small, sweet and endearing child
this is in reference to coach R. Bill ('Touchy') Phiely on the previous page
having to do with memory
an angle of incidence at which light with a particular polarization is perfectly transmitted through a surface, with no reflection. Read more [here]
having a jagged edge
to move laboriously or clumsily
to bribe or coerce into committing a crime
Page 511 (cont'd)
a fine, often starched net of silk, rayon, or nylon
blueness of the skin caused by deoxygenated blood
leader of the political machine in a specific city ward
Juris Doctor, a law degree
Short Beach CT
a suburb of New Haven, Conn., about seven miles to the southeast
walked in a timid or furtive manner
side by side with
In many subway systems (notably New York's), the third rail is the electrified rail that powers the train(s) and carries an extremely hazardous level of voltage.
from stage right
in the other words, from the left (or "house left," which is equivalent to "stage right")
a pile fabric used to make bath towels and robes
consonants produced by forcing air through an occluded passage, e.g., f and s
a breed of dog notable for its beard-like facial hair
Interstate 93, which runs from St. Johnsbury, Vt., to the suburbs of Boston
a neighborhood of Boston
abbreviation for the Latin quod vide, meaning "which see"
relating to the body, e.g., corporal punishment
The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects citizens against cruel and unusual punishment.
Latin: below the rose, meaning hidden or secretly
a scribe, someone who writes from dictation
choice of words
play on the phrase "lower the boom on" which means lay down severe punishment
French: reason for being
Latin: as being
Organization of North American Nations Football League
This is the name of an Aztec goddess, one who gave birth to the moon and stars. The reference here is perhaps to Avril.
plural of "fulcrum"
plural of "stadium"
probably a misspelling of mycological, meaning having to do with the study of fungi
advertised in a sensationalist manner
about 246 feet
one of the earliest-generation computer printers
refusal to compromise
a philosophy that is strongly against advances in technology, named for Ned Ludd
dot-matrix printers are very loud. A dot-matrix printer produces characters by means of fine wires that impact the printer paper and an inked ribbon. DFW is referring to these wires (needles) which make a distinctive and rather unpleasant sound.
good-natured and direct in speech or behavior
assembly or act of assembling
town about 150 miles south-southwest of Chicago
possessing an abnormally small head
the part of the large intestine that runs horizontal across the stomach, parallel to the ground
about 6.6 feet
bursting forth or through a surface
usually refers to Batman and Robin
magnificent and exuberant
lobby or entrance hall
comped by Fila
provided for free (or complimentary)
a "rodney" is a cigarette. 100 millimeters is a standard length of a "long" cigarette, and is roughly 4 inches long
packed down by striking repeatedly
a type of sour, green-skinned apple
to tack body to soul
play on the phrase "keep body and soul together" which means manage enough to get by
swollen in the stomach
involved in a plot or scheme
a town in Rhode Island 5 miles north-northeast of Providence
a level of minor-league baseball
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory: a common mental health personality test
A brand of dress shoes
Fuck the Core
i.e., fuck the (Marine) Corps
Endnote 221 tells us that this student is Latvian, but this is a Slavic name, and Letts are not Slavs. A quarter of the population of Latvia are ethnically Russian, however.
a suburb about 10 miles west of Boston
"...best of British luck to you..."
From Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable comes this definition: 'Best of British Luck' — an ironic expression of encouragement, implying that the required luck may not materialize... an elaborated form of 'the best of luck.'
German for "Hail, Victory," this phrase was used by the Nazis, particularly with the right-handed upright salute particular to fascists.
a neologism for rendered in bad perspective
a raised platform, like a lectern, for speaking or presentation
seaweed that grows in shallow beds
a footrest that goes with a chair
having a run (in a stocking)
a light helmet, usually with a visor
in a sorrowful manner
neologism or fanciful brand name of an item of home exercise equipment introduced just before Y.o.T.M.P.
Every single use of the word urologist in IJ is wildly and recklessly wrong. There is nothing else in this book that DFW comes even close to getting as wrong as this. A urologist is a surgeon who does surgery on kidneys, ureters, bladders, prostates, urethras, penises, scrotums and their contents, &c. The person described as a urologist in this novel is, more or less, a clinical pathology technician who specializes in urinalysis.
Pre-dawn & dawn; May 1st, YDAU - Steeply & Marathe discuss myths of deadly pleasure
living organisms emitting biochemically produced light, such as glow-worms, fireflies, & deep-sea fish.
a town in Québec about 80 miles northwest of Montreal
Morts is the French masculine plural for "dead," the s denoting a plural.
probably "contemporary idiomatic" as spelled out in the previous line
The Basque language, spoken in part of northern Spain and southwestern France, is unrelated to any other European language and possibly any other living language.
noisy or hard to control
contemporaneous or equally old
Page 529 (cont'd)
to confuse or disconcert
a demi-goddess from Greek mythology, in the Odyssey, she enchanted Odysseus’ men, turning them into swine
pregnancy by rain
referring to Zeus's seduction of Danae
rape by fowl
Zeus's seduction of Leda
a large, tree-sized species of cactus native to the Sonoran Desert
a, usually wheeled, heavy machine used to move or load construction materials similar to a bulldozer
refers to pain common in amputees - also can refer to sensations that the amputated limb is still existent, and painful
harmless cysts, especially on the scalp or face, containing the fatty secretion of a sebaceous gland
displaying fatigue or illness