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785 · A First-Time Visitor to Ennet House
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Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment
ask questions of someone while under oath
Hal is wearing his jacket inside out.
787 (1) · Endnote 324
Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment
to spend time idly
more like "camphorated," i.e., contained camphor
consisting of rich, arable soil
Page 1066 (cont'd)
a circular arrangement
plural of "funiculus," i.e., part of the spinal cord
having no fat
referring to the lattissimus dorsi muscles
i.e., Nordic, which is to say blond-haired and blue-eyed
an arsenal, particularly used by physicians to refer to drugs or treatments
a euphemism for "penis"
a tennis game ending in three sets, rather than five, because one player has gone up 3 to 0
here used to mean "irritant"
This is "a strong cord made by twisting the dried intestines of animals, as sheep, used in stringing musical instruments and tennis rackets, for surgical sutures, etc." (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
"...his late great Da's..."
Clearly Pemulis has no idea that his brother was molested by their father.
full of thin mucous
certain Arabs of the deserts of Arabia and the Levant
being on the receiving end of anal sex
Black and white
Jackie Gleason (1916-1987) was one of the great comic actors of the 20th century.
actually a Hungarian name, which means "ruler"
one of the airports serving Paris
Page 1071 (cont'd)
"...When the boulder's slipped all the way back to the bottom..."
a reference to the myth of Sisyphus
a Latin logical term, meaning, roughly, "the means of denying"
DNA and RNA
A and G, T and C
adenine and guanine, thymine and cytosine, the compounds that make up DNA
The name may be taken from Mihály Csíkszentmihályi (born 1934), a prominent Hungarian-American psychologist. His son Christopher is on the faculty at MIT.
a proven statement used as a step in a mathematical proof
a town about 40 miles west-northwest of the Twin Cities
"...Peano, Leibniz, Hilbert..."
Giuseppe Peano (1858-1932) was an Italian mathematician. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was a German polymath and one of the creators of calculus. David Hilbert (1862-1943) was a German mathematician.
"...Fourier, Gauss, LaPlace, Rickey..."
Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768-1830) was a French mathematician and physicist. Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) was a German mathematician. Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace (1749-1827) was a French mathematician and astronomer. Rickey would seem to refer to V. Frederick Rickey, though he is contemporary while the other named men are not.
"...Wiener, Reimann, Frege, Green..."
Norbert Wiener (1894-1964) was an American mathematician. Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866) was a German mathematician. Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege (1848-1925) was a German mathematician and logician. Green is probably George Green (1793-1841), English mathematician and physicist.
787 (2) · The Molly Notkin Interview
an adherent school of thought that encompasses the arts as well as politics
a co-operative, i.e., an apartment building that is jointly owned by the tenants
V or VI
The filmography of Incandenza presented in an earlier (lengthy) endnote would seem to indicate that there were only five versions of the film, although the fifth version was apparently reviewed, which would mean that the "entertainment" so desperately sought is actually a sixth version.
a representation of an idea, here visual
changed from one form to another as a step in evolution
serving to indicate or point out
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Year of the Tucks Medicated Pad
Reuben Garret Lucius "Rube" Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Jewish-American cartoonist, famous for drawing incredibly complicated devices used to perform simple tasks.
about to give birth
This complicated figure of speech is explained here.
the gratification of sexual desire
This word denotes "the principal structural member of a ship, running lengthwise along the center line from bow to stern, to which the frames are attached" (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language). Here it is used in the sense of "on an even keel," i.e., sane.
a misspelling of interment, i.e., burial
regarding a vision of death
Year of the Trial-Size Dove Bar
felo de self
a misspeaking of felo de se
a type of stew popular in Spain
a vivid purplish red
attached to emotionally in a negative way
German: love of death
in a manner suggesting opposition of laws
Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was a French philosopher.
Incest and the Life of Death in Capitalist Entertainment
There is no such title.
having a bad influence
screenings for female reproductive cancers, named for Georgios N. Papanikolaou (1883-1962), a Greek oncologist
Italian: statues of human babies
prongs of a fork
a type of laboratory glassware -- also the title of a novel by Sylvia Plath
traveling from place to place
A pointer is a breed of hunting dog
Molly is lying about Joelle's real name, but this name means something like "Light of the Collection."
795 (1) · Endnote 332
a corruption of "jerry-rigged" (a pejorative term about Germans), which basically means rigged in a makeshift, ad hod manner
"may the road rise up to meet you..."
part of an old Irish blessing
a male demon that seduces female humans
another name for glycerol
795 (2) · Hal's First Meeting
towns too far away from cities to be called "suburbs" but not far enough to be rural
an island of Massachusetts about 30 miles south of Cape Cod
Page 795 (cont'd)
a Massachusetts highway running from Route 106 in Kingston to Route 4 in Chelsmfold
overlooking of an offense
Abandoned All Hope
In Dante's Inferno, the sign above Hell reads, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."
a side road to avoid taking a turnpike
a Massachusetts highway running from US-20 in Pittsfield (western Massachusetts) to Route 28 in Boston
an interstate running from Seattle to Boston
National Public Radio
George Frederick Will (born 1941) is a conservative American columnist. wallace implies that he has had his voicebox removed and now speaks with a prosthetic voicebox.
a neighborhood of Boston
an ancient Greek dialect spoken between 800 and 300 BC
This is probably a reference to Francis Thynne (1544-1608), an English administrator at the College of Arms in London.
something that provides a central source for growth
probably a reference to the Anglo-Saxon poet by that name
a shadowy, gray area
a form of metamorphic rock
the name of a reservoir in Massachusetts
an old brand of shaving cream that advertised with consecutive road signs that rhymed
a region of northern Italy with its capital at Milan
shutting down of an engine
a horizontal piece of architecture supporting the weight above a window or door
dark or brownish purple
You can see this painting here.
referring to Rubik's cube
the capital of Brazil
tending to do good things for their own sakes
"...the color of Thousand Island dressing..."
sort of light orange
deprived, especially by a death
consisting of two lumps of fat
having the quality of molasses
Philip Glass (born 1937) is an American composer and pianist.
situated in the groin
mucus flowing as a result of crying
a town in Massachusetts about 12 miles southwest of Boston
the business school of the University of Pennsylvania (in Philadelphia)
probably the county in far-north California
Year of Dairy Products from the American Heartland
the musical effect of the plucking of strings on a classical instrument
A civet is a small carnivorous mammal that emits a strange smell.
Fredrick Martin MacMurray (1908-1991) was an American actor who starred as a father in the television show My Three Sons
in loco parentis
Latin: in the place of parents
a hairline that comes to a point in the center of the forehead
tendency to cause sleep
the capital of Ethiopia
the American part of Niagara Falls
a small pointed beard beneath the lower lip
cutting up while still alive
large drums used in orchestras
an ancient Roman road
an Italian pastry stuffed with sweetened ricotta cheese
'I Don't Know (How to Love Him)'
a song from the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, sung by the character of Mary Magdalene
like microscopic cells