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- 1 November 11th, YDAU - Hal, after the match
- 2 November 14th, YDAU - Poor Tony, after the seizure
- 3 The Penises of Ennet House
- 4 Kate Gompert, types of Depression
November 11th, YDAU - Hal, after the match
covered, as with stars
applied statistical analysis
regarding the philosophy of the nature of existence
short term for Staatliches Bauhaus, a design school in Germany during the Weimar period that gave rise to a particular form and style
here used to mean decorate; the noun festoon refers to a garland of flowers, leaves, ribbons, or other objects (as with strung cranberries or popcorn or even paper chains on a Christmas tree), usually suspended in catenary swags
makes a monotonous sound
the second most important character next to the main character, the protagonist
regarding the sensation of movement in the muscles, tendons, joints, etc.
November 14th, YDAU - Poor Tony, after the seizure
able to control his bowels and bladder
impulsive or rashly unpredictable
just coming out
sullen or gloomy
a pulpit or platform for speaking
having characteristics of both sexes
i.e., homosexual relations between men that are both gay
plaid, particularly when it is the pattern of a Scottish clan
The Penises of Ennet House
the putative author of a famous almanac published (from 1732 to 1758) by Benjamin Franklin
puzzled or perplexed
the Frightful Hog
attributed to Frederick Exley, noted for his first novel, A Fan's Notes (1968)
Kate Gompert, types of Depression
Théodule-Armand Ribot (1839-1916) was a French pre-Freudian psychologist.
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a food aficionado
a topical anesthetic typically used for dental procedures
diagrams or plans
Orin's and Hal's father
Notably, Mario is omitted from the list of Dr. Incandenza's children.
something that annoys or frightens
'Caius Is Mortal'
This is a variation on an older Greek syllogism used to demonstrate deductive logic:
- Major Premise: All men are mortal
- Minor Premise: Caius is a man
- Conclusion: Caius is mortal
Caius was Julius Caesar's first name.
a misspelling of "rarefied," meaning "esoteric"
capable of being molded
teeming or fertile
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lacking brightness or freshness
very like sardonic, indeed incisively so; may or may not involve irony (i.e., mordancy is not necessarily sarcasm)
intended to teach
decomposing or rotten
an emotional state characterized by anxiety, depression, or unease
a fish that attaches itself to sharks for easier travel
on the side
Robert Burton (1577-1640) was an English author best known for his Anatomy of Melancholy
not the aforementioned Russian poet
strength of electric current
a structure of open latticework, especially one used as a support for vines and other creeping plants
having a dark complexion or color, swarthy
Wallace is probably talking about the incidents of "violent suicidal ideation" that were linked with Prozac in its early use. Now it is linked to all SSRIs, though the frequency is very low.
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Actually, they're known as tetracyclics.
i.e., rosary beads
Possible reference to Ernest Hemingway, "A Moveable Feast".