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- 1 November 17th, YDAU - A First-Time Visitor to Ennet House
- 2 Endnote 324 · John Wayne loses it
- 3 U.S.O.U.S. "interviews" Molly Notkin
- 4 Endnote 332 · Pemulis just slays deLint
- 5 Hal's First Anonymous Meeting
November 17th, YDAU - A First-Time Visitor to Ennet House
ask questions of someone while under oath
Hal is wearing his jacket inside out.
Endnote 324 · John Wayne loses it
U.S.O.U.S. "interviews" Molly Notkin
a felt hat with a brim meant for a man
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
anybody's guess, although perhaps similar to ululating, as suggested by Amy Batchelor in one of her interesting Thoughts in Random Patterns (8 August 2005)
serving to indicate or point out
Page 788 (cont'd)
even funnier coming from someone with a first name ending in -ly; simply ghastly functions as the adverb (rarely) as well as the adjective (could Molly be lalating?)
needlessly convoluted, like one of the machines for which Jewish-American cartoonist Reuben Garret Lucius "Rube" Goldberg (1883-1970) was famous
about to give birth
This complicated figure of speech is explained here.
the gratification of sexual desire
deception by trickery or sophistry
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.
real filmic McCoy
an interpolation of "filmic" (cinematic) into the familar expression "real McCoy," signifying authenticity
a misspelling of interment, i.e., burial
regarding a vision of death
felo de self
a misspeaking of felo de se
a type of stew popular in Spain (and the pot in which it is prepared and served)
a vivid purplish red
wattles are ornamental skin on or near the base of the bill of certain birds, in this case the red wattles on the turkey's beak
see note for Page 788 supra
see here for a discussion of the cinematography technique
anti-Picaresque narrative statis
This is one―or a small part of one―of Molly's pseudoscholarly (not to say "Rube-Goldbergesque") tropes. A picaresque work is the satirical, episodic story of a roguish hero (or antihero) of low birth and behavior that borders on the criminal (see here for examples of picaresque novels, including Don Quixote, Tom Jones, and Huckleberry Finn). The phrase here may imply a storytelling technique at odds with the picaresque literary style (i.e., not a first-person narrative or not told from the protagonist's point of view; not without plot; not static in terms of the [anti-]hero's character development; not satirical; etc.). Also, of course, see Endnote 331.
attached to emotionally in a negative way
all of Vienna
implying all psychoanalysts, or at least all adherents of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung
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
a substance used to produce other substances
screenings for female reproductive cancers, named for Georgios N. Papanikolaou (1883-1962), a Greek oncologist
a play on Pookie (the baby-talk version), but also Italian (plural of putto) for representations of male infants or cherubs often seen in Renaissance (and other) paintings
a neologism in reference to Actaeon, a young hunter in Greek Mythology who looked upon Artemis bathing, who turned him into a stag; he was then killed by his own hunting dogs
prongs of a fork
servilely respectful (to the extent of kneeling before)
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."
Endnote 332 · Pemulis just slays deLint
Hal's First Anonymous 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."
C. C. Reservoir
presumably "Cleveland Circle Reservoir," though the actual reservoir next to Cleveland Circle is known as the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
a side road to avoid taking a turnpike, in this case, the Mass Turnpike (I-90).
a Massachusetts highway running from US-20 in Pittsfield (western Massachusetts) to Route 28 in Boston
an interstate running from Seattle to Boston, with the Massachusetts section designated the Mass Turnpike
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
It's Greek to me, but it seems that mu and gamma may be transposed in what should probably transliterate to onyma.
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
small sequential road signs used to advertise an American brand of brushless shaving cream from 1925 to 1963; see examples here
a region of northern Italy with its capital at Milan
cornerstones (see right)
shutting down of an engine
perhaps a nonce adjective indicating that the carpet is made of Dacron, the synthetic polyester fiber, but could be an invented extension of the trademark, because it appears later on the page as a noun
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
eagle-, leaf-, and broom-emblemized
presumably the vestigal U.S.A. bald eagle and Canadian maple leaf, so the broom could be the symbol of O.N.A.N.
a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, about 15 miles west of Boston (and part of the Greater Boston area)
tending to do good things for their own sakes
"...the color of Thousand Island dressing..."
the pastel salmon color resulting from mixing mayonnaise and tomato ketchup (among other ingredients, including pickle relish)
Imagine a beard like the one shown at right, only blond and with more wax.
deprived, especially by a death
consisting of two lumps of fat - here it refers to, however, his globe-like head seated atop his globe-like body, as mentioned on the previous page
sentimental; overly sweet; cloying
see NASA logo at right
a moderate grey-violet to red-purple color
as if punctuated by temporary cessations of breathing
Philip Glass (born 1937) is an American music composer and pianist. His music is repetitive and minimalist.
capsules or caplets of Methaqualone, a sedative often used recreationally
situated in the groin
mucus flowing as a result of crying; rheum
most oblique (sloping); "the obliquest portion of his profile" could be his nose
a town in Massachusetts about 12 miles southwest of Boston
the business school at the Ivy-League University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, generally believed to be the most prestigious undergraduate business school in the world and also highly regarded at post-graduate levels
addicted to the market (shopping)?
probably the county in far-north California.
grown in water
"mercantile counterpart at the Rolling Hills Academy"
a student at Rolling Hills who fulfills at his school much the same role that Pemulis fulfills at E.T.A.
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive substance found in marijuana
Metro-Boston Recovery Options
a quality that evokes pity
the musical effect of the plucking of strings on a classical instrument
civet-like; a civet is a small carnivorous feline mammal that emits a strange smell
the arrangement of windows and doors on the elevations of a building
moved up and down in a playful manner (e.g., dandled a baby on one's knee)
Fredrick Martin MacMurray (1908-1991) was an American film and television actor, referenced here for his starring role as the father in the hit 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
In the manner of thinking deeply about something.
A stupor generally caused by drugs.
the capital of Ethiopia
the American part of Niagara Falls
performing an operation on a living animal for research purposes
large drums (kettledrums) used in orchestras
a brass instrument that looks much like a trumpet
an ancient Roman road
an Italian pastry stuffed with sweetened ricotta cheese
a volcanic island off the coast of Africa
South Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean is bounded by the east coasts of the Americas and the west coasts of Eurasia and Africa. The area of the Ocean below the equator is referred to as the South Atlantic Ocean.
'I Don't Know (How to Love Him)'
a song from the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, sung by the character of Mary Magdalene
A group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Portugal.
like microscopic cells. On the other hand, maybe this is a deliberate or accidental misspelling of cetological (related to whales). Hal seems to be imagining himself spitting water like a whale spouting water from its blowhole.
Here, a stream of water resembling a feather.