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- 1 Gately and Fackelmann continued
- 2 Joelle Talks About the Entertainment
- 3 Hal Narrates (Still)
- 4 After the Interview
- 5 Hi, Mikey
- 6 The Assistant District Attorney
Gately and Fackelmann continued
repeating in a self similar manner. Recursion is a favorite technique of computer programmers and mathematicians; a recursive function is one that is called within its own definition. For a fun demonstration of recursion, try googling it
some creepy thing
the creepy thing Gately and Fackelmann watch may be J.O Incandenza's Various Small Flames, see Endnote 24
'Retsyn' is the supposed active ingredient in Certs breath mints
Italian: Goodbye, Beautiful ("Farewell, My Lovely")
to eat away at; to rust
intercontinental ballistic missile
junkie slang for injecting drugs
sanction or approval - in the Catholic church an imprimatur is a formal declaration that a work is free of doctrinal or moral error and may be published.
'More tattoos than teeth'
perhaps a reference to the inverse relationship between the number of intact teeth and the number of tattoos worn by members of motorcycle gangs. Conversely it could mean a show of menace without any substance, as in "all bark and no bite".
Sorkin had put up Gately's bail.
notches in the edges
rang like a bell
Joelle Talks About the Entertainment
I assume you can Identify.
Joelle is being interviewed by the cross-dressing Steeply.
an oblong basket for a baby
produced by reflection and refraction simultaneously
a condition of voluntary or involuntary rapid and rhythmic oscillation of the eyes
failing to have light rays converge on a single point
Hal Narrates (Still)
slight tremble of something hanging from the tip of a pipette
A pipette is a type of thin glass tube used in chemistry, and the something trembling would be a drop of some liquid, I suspect...
Thtithe fickn meth
Coyle is probably trying to say, "Stice's fucking mess."
another term for an anxiety attack
Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (1898-1956) was a German playwright, poet, and director.
Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania
a suburb of Philadelphia, about twenty miles west
Robert Mario De Niro, Jr. (born 1943), is an Academy Award-winning American actor, cast by Martin Scorsese in Mean Streets and several times thereafter.
a misspelling of Kyle MacLachlan (born 1959), an American actor whose second film was Blue Velvet
David Keith Lynch (born 1946) is an American filmmaker. David Lynch and Kyle MacLachlan worked together on the movies "Dune" (1984), "Blue Velvet" (1986), and the TV series Twin Peaks (1990-1991).
Allen to Allen
a reference to American director Woody Allen (born 1935 as Allen Stewart Königsberg), who casts himself in many of his films
the part of the brain involved in hearing, speeech, and vision
familiar foil packet
i.e., a condom
a neck scarf
long white FDR-style filter
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States. He often used a cigarette holder as seen in the photo on the right.
framed with curtains
a bedroom or private sitting room
an effeminate man
an old-fashioned one-sharp-sided razor blade
still manufactured but perhaps more commonly used in certain kinds of box-cutters than in razors (see right)
a scent designed to emit pheromones, or a chemical that attracts the opposite sex
A tumor caused by Human herpesvirus-8. One of the most common symptoms of AIDS. More here
8 minutes and 20 seconds
insoluble questions; the plural of conundrum is disputed, with the OED apparently preferring conundrums, as with stadiums
nickname for the Volkswagen Beetle automobile model
a depressed area into which waste collects
a fall on one's rear
about 6.56 feet
a type of storm common to the Northeast U.S.
tubes for breathing
having or showing courage and spirit in trying circumstances
having a tendency to fistfight
Veterans Affairs (formerly Veterans Administration)
a piece of glass stemware with a wide bottom that narrows at the top, for drinking brandy; the "one-handed" variety can be easily palmed with two fingers astride the stem
one of Hal's nonce words, meaning digital manipulation
a skyscraper in Boston
in art, the imitative representation of nature or human behavior; i.e., the radio was broadcasting nothing but audio static, or "snow"
the upper part of the skull
folds on the surface of the brain
intricate ornamentation usually consisting of twisted metal wire/ribbons on, say, a fence
Richly decorated illuminated manuscipt ofthe Gospels, believed to have been produced around 700 AD in a monastery near Lindisfarne, Northumberland, UK. Some carpet pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels can be seen here.
given too much fertilizer
an architectural device used to top a gable
a narrow passage
A brand of skin cleanser
a sculptured shrub or bush
here referring to a double-sloping roof, as often seen on barns and some churches
framed print of Lang directing Metropolis
see photo at left
a stand with a series of open shelves
type of earthenware
Hagia Sophia and S. Simeon
Hagia Sophia is a mosque in Istanbul that had been a Byzantine basilica. S. Simeon refers to the ruins of a monastery named for Simeon Stylites.
Arabic for "Saint Simeon"
the most annular of the ornamental moldings used in interior decoration (see below)
inordinately interested in matters of sex; lascivious
men required to marry their brothers' widows
a style of Italian painting ("Greek style") popular in the early Renaissance
half a meter
about 1.64 feet
an unusual amount of blood in part of the body
the living quarters of a Turkish harem
a type of construction material
having varicose veins
a deep black form of quartz
actually, 'specular' does not appear to be the correct term because it refers to reflection characteristic of a mirror
having abnormal curvature of the spine
A period of decrease in reproductive capacity; in women, menopause.
While the term can mean a type of paraphilia in which one dresses up like a baby, here Hal more likely means a pediatrician that treats patients like babies.
in Zen Buddhism, statements that defy rational explanation upon which to meditate
a misapplied name or designation
The Green Door
The full title of the 1972 film is "Behind the Green Door".
another pornographic film from 1972, starring Linda Lovelace
slang for semen
people living outside their countries of origin
recollecting the style or manner of William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897-1962), American novelist
After the Interview
a county comprising most of the suburbs northwest and west of Boston
presumably, the sister's hand; or the screen door is still secured by its hooking mechanism to keep him out
i.e., "both of you"
a hundred m.'s
a little over 328 feet
The Assistant District Attorney
a right of way across a plot of property owned by another
the county in Massachusetts where Boston is
a reference to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides housing for the parents of children undergoing intensive medical care
apparently the ADA's wife
Fourth- and Eighth-Step
two of the original Twelve Steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous program: 4) "Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves," and 8) "Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all"
hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), used as a bleach and whitener
Fictional product mentioned on Page 151.