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- 1 November 11th, YDAU - Gately and Joelle
- 2 ☽ - Randy Lenz: Rats, Cats, and Dogs
- 3 Early November, YDAU - Rodney Tine and the Samizdat
- 4 November 9th, YDAU - Pemulis wanders the E.T.A. offices at night
- 5 November 11th, YDAU - Lenz and Green Walking
- 6 Hal Counts His Breaths
- 7 Lenz and Green, cont.
November 11th, YDAU - Gately and Joelle
shots of whiskey chased with beer
i.e., the barkeep
This must refer to the Cumberland River, which flows into the Ohio near Paducah, in the western part of Kentucky, close to Joelle's home town of Shiny Prize (see page 237).
a time-keeping device for musicians, typically a pendulum-like machine that clicks to provide meter
rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment
a Type and a Symbol
These words are used by Mr. Hooper to describe the veil he wears in Nathaniel Hawthorne's story, "The Minister's Black Veil."
☽ - Randy Lenz: Rats, Cats, and Dogs
the Plymouth Duster was a sporty compact available from 1970 to 1976
as from as 12-gauge shotgun
presumably first step of the day, meaning Lenz never leaves Ennet House until after sunset
enzyme-multiplied immunoassay technique
i.e., "easy see"
New American Library
Ticknor and Fields was a publishing house eventually bought by Houghton Mifflin in 1880.
Page 540 (cont'd)
tripled in number or magnitude
a type of dinosaur
tending to breed vermin
the shattering effect of an explosive
a wide-ranging array of things
A Program of Attraction
AA refers to itself as this, meaning that it doesn't need to advertise.
EST and Greenwich Mean
Eastern Standard Time and Greenwich Mean Time, the latter of which is determined at the Prime Meridian, or 0º longitude
a reference grid of fine lines forming uniform squares on a photographic plate or print, used to aid in measurement
probably the Dow Jones Industrial Average
a reference to the Nikkei 225 index of the Japanese stock market
neologism: Euro[pean] + trochaic; here, describing the alternating two-note sound of a European emergency siren (trochaic being the adjectival form of "trochee," a metrical foot of poetry comprised of two feet, stressed and unstressed)
inflammation of the pouches of the colon
i.e., gone awry
Principles of Psychology and the Gifford Lectures on Natural Philosophy
"William James’s Gifford Lectures of 1901–1902 have been heralded by some as the greatest lectures ever to be presented in the series and perhaps the most seminal of his works (alongside The Principles of Psychology). Published initially in 1902, The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature has stood the test of time and been republished thirty-six times."
About .70 ounces, this is a lot of cocaine.
about 22 lbs
a chain of discount department stores in the US Northeast. The chain closed its last store in 1999.
Of scopophobia; the fear of being seen or stared at.
cocaine, usually referring to a line of the substance
light sensations in the eyes when light is physically absent
the tendency of mainly overweight people to stop breathing intermittently in their sleep
a whetstone used to sharpen blades
Brookline Young People's AA group
Early November, YDAU - Rodney Tine and the Samizdat
the District of Columbia
perhaps the Office of Naval Research
sphere of operation or influence
Page 548 (cont'd)
not a real word
probably Northern California
code for "stakeout in progress"
New Iberia LA
a city about 50 miles southwest of Baton Rouge
having had a needle stuck into the base of the skull to sever or destroy the brainstem
Academy of D.A.S. (or V.A.S.)
It seems like it's printed as either D.A.S. or V.A.S. These are probably something like "Academy of Digital/Visual Arts and Sciences"
Undercover Special Operations
P.E.T. is the acronym for positron emission tomography, a kind of medical imaging technique; these are more commonly called PET scans
a group of attendants, advisers, etc.
November 9th, YDAU - Pemulis wanders the E.T.A. offices at night
the correlation of actions and events in the absence of scientific proof
occurring prior to the Oedipus complex typically experienced from ages 3-6
defined as the process of investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea
a speech or discourse that encourages, incites, or earnestly advises
a small piece of detailing added to break up the surface of an object to add visual interest
a Boston-based department store (and chain), defunct since December 2011
cheap and low grade
his mother, Avril Incandenza
firmly twisted yarn
November 11th, YDAU - Lenz and Green Walking
RIJID-brand male hairspray
appears to be a fictional brand of hairspray
cut, as in weakened the potency of a drug by adding another substance
about 1.1 pounds
a misspelling of mannitol
Page 555 (cont'd)
lines of powdered cocaine assembled for snorting
"...go find a short pier..."
and take a long walk, being the implication
an aquiline nose
spasm on half of the face
insouciant, meaning indifferent
the erectile hairs on the back of a dog which rise up out of fear or aggression
to the maximus
maybe just "the maximum" (or "the max"), but also perhaps more Wallace wordplay, as in the gluteus maximus (the largest of the muscles in the buttocks), and so a pain in the ass
The noun parallax is a visual term; the nonce participle "parallaxing" used to describe noises here, may be Lenz's way of referring to the Doppler effect, analogous only in terms of issues of positional perspective, of the viewer of an object at some distance in the case of parallex and the hearer of a moving noisemaker (such as the siren on a speeding ambulance) in the case of the Doppler shift.
Probably Lenz means "crucifixes."
relating to twilight, or possibly the animals active at this time
song of mourning for the dead
To Project and to Swerve
a pun on the police motto "To Protect and Serve"
the major metabolite of cocaine
an organic chemical found naturally in coca leaves
a rapid, involuntary, oscillatory motion of the eyeball
the simplest of the caroxylic acids
if cocaine is called "Bing," Crosbulation refers to snorting cocaine, referring to the last name of Bing Crosby
a type of benign swelling of the blood vessels just beneath the skin's surface, often containing a central red spot and reddish extensions which radiate outwards like a spider's web
bleeding from the nose
This means something like "seeing through one's eyelids"
monoamine oxidase inhibitor, a chemical in potent antidepressants.
another name for hemiballismus
the lips of the mouth
a misspelling of Pagliacci (Clowns), an opera by Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919), an Italian composer
persistent, usually painful erection of the penis, especially as a consequence of disease and not related to sexual arousal
Extreme production of urine and, thus, need to urinate. The correct Greek-Latin term should be diuresis extrema, diuresis being a feminine noun.
fear of fear
a neurosis that has to do with one's ability to deal with society
also known as rosacea
a red nose caused by amassing of granulomas there
the property of things working together
formation of false memories
propensity to ramble
neologism; presumably a back-formation to a plural noun from the adjective 'phasic,' which in medical parlance means "Of the activity of excitable cells or tissues: discontinuous; irregular; not tonic" (OED). "Pulmonary phasece" would be heart palpitations.
this would mean inflammation of the tendon of the tongue, but the tongue and mouth lack tendons
Page 557 (cont'd)
coolness of the blood (from French)
an ornament attached to a pocket watch by a chain
Pronounced "shammy," this is a cloth or piece of leather used to shine a surface.
Track and Flange
not a real magazine
a protruding rim, edge, rib, or collar, as on a wheel or a pipe shaft, used to strengthen an object, hold it in place, or attach it to another object
energois de vivre
Something like "life energy" or "life force;" although energois isn't a real French word, it might be pronounced like joie as in joie de vivre.
the estuarine (saltwater) crocodile
a reference to the now-defunct upscale department store Bonwit Teller
American Dental Association
Lenz means aikido.
a small piece of luggage
alternate spelling of Taiji
an alcoholic beverage distilled from a cactus
occurrences of two adjacent vowel sounds in a word, e.g, poor, sour, coin
Caballero (Spanish for "gentleman") is what he means.
Latin for "in glass," this term is used to refer to experiments that happen in test tubes. Lenz means in vivo, i.e., in utero (or maybe not -- he might be claiming he was a product of artificial insemination, and that he actually remembers things from before he was implanted, who knows?).
Hal Counts His Breaths
turning light into energy, as plants do
a tree native to Africa and India
family of lions
Lenz and Green, cont.
the cartilage separating the nostrils
i.e., regales (and simultaneously beguiles)
Lenz means Shangri-La, the utopia of the novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton (1900-1954), a British author.
Lenz is referring to the Kama Sutra.
a city in Massachusetts about 50 miles south of Boston
i.e., a poofter, a vulgar term for a male homosexual
also known as the Shawsheen
This would seem to be a cross between "ravenous" and "rapacious."
piles of feces
plural of fetus