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☽ Winter B.S. 1960 - Tuscon, AZ
most swinish, i.e., most pig-like
a pejorative intensifier, chiefly British in usage
something very small
members of the Beat generation
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).
Southern black widow, a highly venomous species of spider
putting into action
what turns the rudder to steer a boat
a muscle of the forearm
having whorls, i.e., coiled and spiral shapes
He's referring to divots, i.e., bits of the fairway that get torn up when a golf ball is hit.
He's probably referring to anal-retentive rage, rather than rage specifically located in the anus.
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
Note that Incandenza's father calls his own father by the same nickname as Incandenza's children call him.
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).
a city of Arizona, 82 miles south of Tucson
probably referring to James Dean
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
probably Frankie Avalon
November 4th, YDAU - Pemulis Scores DMZ
suggestive in style of the ancient Romans
a square in Cambridge named for colonial merchant Ralph Inman
a high-fashion clothes company
Gilligan's Island character Thurston J. Howell, III
jaunty or dashing
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
DOM or STP
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
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 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 Wilson Watts (1915-1973) was a British-born philosopher and writer in the field of comparative religion.
Timothy Francis Leary (1920-1996) was an American writer and psychologist best known as an advocate for regular LSD use.
a town in New York state, about 90 miles north of New York City
actually a radio station in Syracuse, New York
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).
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.
April, YY2007MRCVMETIUFIITP SFH,O,OM (s) - TENNIS AND THE FERAL PRODIGY
intentionally misleading language
a person who loads and unloads cargo from boats
almost 25 miles
German: Quickly (or more likely in this case: "Hustle")
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 tight aperture means better focus.
a film by Federico Fellini
incapable of being stretched
a skin cleaner marketed by Procter & Gamble
not a drug currently marketed in the U.S.
Magnesium sulfate, used to relieve pain, among other uses.
November 4th, YDAU - Pat Montesian's Drop-in-hours
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
a (probably deliberate) misspelling of "magnanimously," i.e., generously
the Fenway-Kenmore section of Boston
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.
Redundant because "proof" is an expression of alcohol content. Doubling the alcohol percentage gives you proof, i.e., 2% alcohol is 4 proof.