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☽ Notes and Errata

Endnote 3

cardioid
In geometry, a cardioid is a plane curve produced by tracing the path of a chosen point of a circle which rolls around a fixed circle. The cardioid shape of E.T.A. has one cusp, i.e., a point on the curve that is not smooth. The r referred to by the narrator here is the radius of the moving circle.

Übermensch
German for "superhuman"

Brandeis
Brandeis is a Jewish-founded university in Waltham, Mass., about nine miles west of Boston, named for Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941) the first Jewish Supreme Court justice.

Endnote 5

N.B.
abbreviation for Latin nota bene, i.e., "note well," stated before an important example or corollary point

Endnote 5a

nystagmus
involuntary eye movement of an iterative stereotyped nature, most commonly horizontal

entrepôt
a port, city, or other center to which goods are brought for import and export, and for collection and distribution.

loquacity
talkativeness

Endnote 6

Halcion (still available in Canada, unbelievably, still)
It's also still available here, though the U.K. has banned it since 1991. OED: proprietary name for the hypnotic triazolam

Endnote 7

bevelling
Here meaning "smoothed out" and misspelled, beveling is the making of 45º angles where perpendiculars meet.

Endnote 8

dickies
As a dickie is designed to give the appearance of wearing a tie, Wallace uses this word here to deal with drugs that mimic the effects of other drugs.

MMDA, DMA, DMMM, 2CB, para-DOT I-VI
You can read about MMDA here, DMA here, 2CB here, DOT here (apparently). DMMM appears to be made up.

CNS
central nervous system

gamma hydroxybutric acid
now more commonly known as GHB

DMZ/M.P.
DMZ is another made-up drug. M.P. refers to its street name, Madame Psychosis.

Endnote 8a

Muscimole
another mushroom-based hallucinogen, like psilocybin

DDMS
dibromododecenyl methylsulfimide

DMSO
dimethylsulfoxide, a common solvent used in many laboratories. It is readily absorbed through the skin, taking with it whatever it has dissolved.

Endnote 12a

"...Continental Controlled Substances Act of Y.T.M.P., O.N.A.N.D.E.A.'s hierarchy of analgesics/antipyretics/axiolytics..."
There is no such act, obviously. Y.T.M.P. is Year of the Tucks Medicated Pad. The second acronym is Organization of North American Nations Drug Enforcement Agency. Analgesics are painkillers. Antipyretics are fever-reducing drugs, and anxiolytics are anxiety-reducing drugs.

Endnote 13

Quo Vadis
Latin: Where are you going? Famously asked of Jesus by Peter when the former was on his way to be crucified. See here. Also a novel and film by that name were made.


Endnote 17

datum
piece of information, the singular form of the word "data"

Endnote 19

French: A person of terrible importance

Endnote 21

Q.v.
Latin abbreviation for quod vide ("which see"), used to direct a reader elsewhere in a book. Here we are directed to...

Endnote 23

U.S.D.D.
United States Department of Defense

Endnote 24 · JAMES O. INCANDENZA: A FILMOGRAPHY

Page 986

meniscus
here, a lens with a crescent-shaped section, convex on one side and concave on the other; also the curved interface between a liquid and gas in a tube

soliloquized
spoken to oneself

incunabular
early stages of something

D W Griffith
Film Director whose films include 'Tolerance' and 'Birth of a Nation'; Wikipedia entry

Taka Limura
Japanese film maker - see article

Heliotrope
An arrangement of mirrors for reflecting sunlight from a distant point to an observation station.

Page 987

Latrodectus Mactans
Properly, Latrodectus mactans, Latin name for the Black Widow spider


neuralgia
A form of chronic pain where pain is felt in a nerve without stimulation of pain receptors. Difficult to diagnose and treat.

Page 992

çoncupiscence

Strong sexual desire

Page 988

Godbout
Jacques Godbout, a French-Canadian filmmaker and documentarian.

Endnote 82

Night Watch Plaid

Bean
as in L.L. Bean, a privately-held mail-order and retail company based in Freeport, Maine, United States, specializing in clothing and outdoor recreation equipment.

Night Watch plaid
A pattern of plaid. See right.

Endnote 110 · Hal and Orin Discuss Québecois Politics

Page 1004

Hush Puppy
a brand name of shoes

squeegeed
cleaned with a squeegee

truncated
cut short

Page 1005

R&R
Rest and Relaxation

ex officio
Latin: by virtue of one's office

'The Yellow Rose (of Texas)'
Dickinson's poems can also be read to the meter of "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

falsetto
a man's voice when he pitches it falsely high to sound like a woman

riffling
turning pages quickly

Ample make this bed
The full poem is here.

Page 1006

quotidian
commonplace, literally, “everyday”

Y.W.-Q.M.D.

pistil
that part of a flower that is analogous to the female reproductive organs

Sikorski-sized
Sikorsky-sized misspelt, helicopter-sized; the Sikorsky R-4 was the first mass-produced helicopter

paucity
scarcity

swotted
studied intensively

wakked
I have no idea.

unperspicous
not clearly expressed or presented

penultimate
second to last

whingeing
complaining (pronounced to rhyme with "jing")

xerophagy
("dry eating", from Greek ξηρός "dry" and φαγεῖν "eat") is the practice of eating dry food, especially food cooked without oil.

Endnote 110d

anti-sclerotic
tending to ward of hardening of tissues (as of arteries, here)

Page 1006 (cont'd)

maunder
to talk incoherently or aimlessly

Solecism
nonstandard or incorrect grammatical usage

and c.
et cetera

Page 1007

20 X 25 centimeter
very close to 8" x 10"

Jethro Bodine
a character on the television show The Beverly Hillbillies

proviso
a clause, usually in a document, making a stipulation or qualification

"...isn't even iambic, much less quatrameter/trimeter..."
This is to say that the poetry of Dickinson is not in iambic pentameter, a particular form of verse. This is the style of poetry Shakespeare is written in ("Now is the winter of our discontent") -- ten syllables, and five iambs (feet, or beats) per line (thus pentameter). Quatrameter/trimeter would be the rhythm scheme of "Yellow Rose of Texas" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (although note that the first foot of the latter is incomplete).

dink
a synonym for a drop shot, which in tennis is a light tap just over the net

Page 1008

obverse
the more conspicuous of two possible choices

seraphic
like an angel

lascivious
appealing to sexual tastes

mesmerized
hypnotized

skitter
to move rapidly along a surface

knight-errant
a knight on a quest to prove his chivalry

Page 1009

Ainsi
French: so to speak

breviary
a prayer and hymn book

"Kitchens and heat..."
which is to say, if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen

Page 1010

Gloeckner
German for "ringer," taking that in either of the meanings it has in English

3-kilo
a little over 7.25 pounds

Snuff
ground tobacco, which is inhaled rather than smoked or chewed

Andover
as in Philips Academy Andover, alma mater of both Presidents Bush

"Dickinson's about as Transcendalist as Poe."
which is to say, not at all

Page 1011

Eddy.jpg

R.C.M.P.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Nelson Eddy
Nelson Ackerman Eddy (1901-1967) was an American singer and movie star. As far as what he looked like, see right.


Rose Marie, 1936, is probably his most-remembered film. His definitive portrayal of the steadfast Mountie became a popular icon, frequently spoofed in cartoons and TV skits. When the Mounties retired their classic red jackets and hat in 1970, except for ceremonial attire, hundreds of newspapers accompanied the story with a photo of Nelson Eddy as Sgt. Bruce in Rose Marie, made 34 years earlier. WP

equestrian jaspers: probably means jodhpurs


Droll
whimsically comic

Page 1012

nanomicroscopy
the looking at extremely small things (nano- being the prefix for "one-billionth") through a microscope

Thevet
This is probably a reference to André de Thevet (1502-1590), a French priest and explorer. Though never in Canada, he relied on French-Canadian explorers' work for his own voyages to South America.

"...the 5 on the French Achievement boards..."
The highest possible score on the French Advanced Placement Exam (for which one can receive college credit) is 5.

Boswell
James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck (1740-1795), was the Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson.

E cup
a very large breast size

acuity
acuteness of perception

in utero
in the womb

thalidomide
a drug developed to treat morning sickness in pregnant women that ended up causing babies to be born missing limbs

Condé Nast
one of the largest magazine publishers in the country, owned by Advance Publications (the Newhouse family) and founded by Condé Montrose Nast (1873-1942), an American publisher

deform
here meaning simply "to spoil"

persona
a fictional identity created for a person, narrator in a book, etc.

du
French: of the (masculine)

Page 1013

Meech Lake
a lake in Gatineau Park, near Chelsea, Québec

Parizeau
This is probably Jacques Parizeau (born 1930), a former Premier of Québec and proponent of Québecois sovereignty.

Charlottetown
the capital of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island

Crétien assassination
This is probably a misspelling of the surname of Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien (born 1934), Prime Minister of Canada from 1993 to 2003.

Francophonic
French-speaking

Acadian Zionism
Acadia is the traditional name for what is now (in part) eastern Québec. Zionism is used here as a synonym for nationalism, rather than with its specific Jewish connotations

Toujours
French: always

"On ne parle d'Anglais ici."
French: English is not spoken here

Ottawa
the capital of Canada

"Permettez Nous Partir, Permettez Nous Être."
French: Allow us to leave, allow us to be.

Winnipeg
the capital of Canadian province of Manitoba

flux
frequent change

appalled
dismayed

UV-booth
UV standing for ultraviolet (as in light), this is probably a tanning booth.

Page 1014

"Nous v. La Plupart Toujours"
French: Us versus the majority always

Lesotho
a kingdom of southern Africa, existing as an enclave entirely within the Republic of South Africa

SOUTHAF
This is the Union of South Africa, which was formed in 1910 as a British colony and tried to annex Lesotho to it. Because of the imposition of apartheid laws in S. Africa, the annexation failed.

antebellum
before the war, here the U.S. Civil War

Endnote 110h

Gallic
French

Page 1014 (cont'd)

Anglophone
English-speaking

Plains of Abraham
a reference to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, part of the French and Indian Wars, which ended in a decisive British victory of the French

Endnote 110i

'La Guerre des Britanniques et des Sauvages'
French: The War of the British and the Savages

Ticonderoga
a reference to the Battle of Carillon, fought at Fort Ticonderoga

Page 1014 (cont'd)

Booty
treasure taken from a defeated party

1759
On September 13, 1759, Québec fell to the British.

NAFTA
North American Free Trade Agreement

Rubensian
The word more often used is "Rubenesque," but this refers to the women in paintings by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), the Flemish artist. His women were usually voluptuous, not to say plump.

retardate
more often used as a noun, offensively referring to a retarded person

rapacious
ravenous

Page 1015

lissome
supple

Rubensophile
See above, Rubensian.

gulag
a reference to the GULAG prison system of the Soviet Union

'ce pas?
French elision of "n'est-ce pas?" i.e., "right?"

Anbesol
a brand name of benzocaine used for tooth pain

flanges
Orin probably means to say "phalanges."

Rue Sherbrooke
a road in Montreal

St. Jean-Baptiste Day
another name for la fête nationale du Québec

anaerobic
thriving without oxygen

Page 1016

weedy
scrawny; Hal is probably using it to mean "thin," as in a line of argumentation

Brazilian Nuevo Contras
These would be "new" contras, the old ones having been U.S.-funded anti-communist guerrillas in Nicaragua in the 1980s. Note, though, that Nuevo being a Spanish word would not be a likely name for a Brazilian group (where Brazilian Portuguese is spoken).

The Noie Störkraft's? Shining Path's? The Belgian CCC's?
Noie Störkraft is Swedish "New Great Power"; it does not appear to be a new organization, though Störkraft is the name of a skinhead band from Sweden. The Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso in Spanish) is the Communist Party of Peru, which has waged guerrilla warfare against the Peruvian government since 1980. CCC is a French acronym for Communist Combatant Cells; they were eliminated as a terrorist group in 1986.

Ez-ed-Dean-el-Qassan
an alternate spelling of a Palestinian militant group affiliated with Hamas

P.E.T.A.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Munch.jpg

wobbled shrieking figure in the Munch lithograph
See right.

Page 1017

subjoin
to append to the end of something

attendant
consequent or concomitant

cloracne
probably a misspelling of chloracne

olfactory hallucinations
hallucinations wherein one smells things that aren't there

machete
a large cleaver-like cutting tool

Infant-depredations
attacks and pillaging by feral infants (see footnote 304, pp. 1055ff, about them)

phenols
another name for carbolic acid

Fundy
probably a reference to the Bay of Fundy

straw-and-camel
i.e., the straw that broke the camel's back

Page 1018

Docksider
a type of boat shoe

full-toll
i.e., it takes its full toll on you

Constantine
perhaps Constantine I, by tradition first Christian emperor of Rome

merde
French for "shit"

cartographic
having to do with maps

parliamentary wigs
Canadian MPs don't wear wigs, though barristers (lawyers) and judges do.

Page 1019

bone of dissension
Orin means "bone of contention."

desmirched
probably a malapropism, although it could mean "to un-besmirch"

re-gerrymandered
To gerrymander is to divide an area into electoral districts favorable to one party over another.

Cuibono
more properly cui bono, Latin for "who benefits?"

swivet
a state of nervous excitement

D-bases
databases

falcate
to curve like a sickle

Albertan ultra-rightists
There is a tradition of separatism in Alberta.

Duluth
a town in Minnesota and home to Bob Dylan, on Lake Superior about 150 miles north of the Twin Cities

Page 1020

Vichified
i.e., as Vichy France, which was a puppet government to the Nazis

Anschluss
German for "annexation," it most often refers to Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938.

mayhi
Orin seems to be using this term as a plural of "mayhem."

P.Q.s
members of the Parti Québecois

P.M.
Prime Minister (of Canada)

aller, partir
French: to go, to leave

Page 1021

hapless
here meaning haphazard

botulizing
infecting with botulism

jaunty
smartly trim

toggle
a type of switch

anapestic
In poetry, an anapest is a trisyllable metrical foot of the following pattern: two unstressed syllables, followed by one long or stressed syllable. (Eg the line "'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house" contains four anapestic feet.)

Page 1022

Endnote 145 · Found Drama

An invented, non-existent faux-academic style of film on which James O. Incandenza lectured and received artistic grants, created to lampoon the academic film theory community. Found Drama was not captured on film; rather, Incandenza and close friends "got out a Boston metro phone book and tore a White Pages page out at random and thumbtacked it to the wall and then [Incandenza] would throw a dart at it from across the room. ... And the name it hit becomes the subject of the Found Drama. And whatever happens to the protagonist with the name you hit with the dart for ... the next hour and a half is the Drama."

Page 1026

Y.D.A.U.

Page 1027

ne pas à la mode
French: not in style

New Wave
When this term is used w/r/t Himself's work, it is probably referring to French New Wave, although there were several other "New Waves" in film.

Dick
I'm unable to identify whether this person is real or not.

art-gesture films
apparently a created genre

isness
i.e., being

stasis
inactivity caused by equal opposing forces

tenure-jockeys
i.e., junior faculty at universities who are on tenure track

Orthochromatic
According to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, this word means "representing correctly the relations of colors as found in a subject; isochromatic."

retrogradism
This neologism would seem to have the sense of the study or condition of moving backward.

McLean Hospital
a real psychiatric hospital in Belmont, Mass., about eight miles west-northwest of Boston

Duquette at M.I.T.
There is no such person at M.I.T.

Posener
There is no such person at Brandeis.

Page 1028

Page 1031

Endnote 162

Head VI (1949), Francis Bacon

a Baconian pope with his hat on fire
Referring to the work of 20th century figurative painter Francis Bacon and his "screaming pope" paintings.

Page 1035

Endnote 211

suborn
to bribe or induce someone to commit a crime or misdeed

Endnote 234 · Excerpts From Orin's Interview With Moment

Page 1037

Endnote 228

ambit
NOAD: thescope, extent, or bounds of something

Endnote 231 · Inositol

Inositol
the capitalization of both inositol and mannitol is inappropriate. It is not a B-vitamin but at one time was thought to be one, "B8." I think from context that cyanocobalamin was intended.

Page 1038

Rafferty
Terrence Rafferty was a film critic for the New Yorker magazine.

NPR
National Public Radio

Page 1039

dun
make repeated demands on

Madison Avenue
the street in New York famous for its advertising firms

traversion
Orin probably means "introversion."

T-square
a drafting tool

Page 1040

Prussian
here used to mean "very strict"

schizogenic
botany, produced or formed by fission; what DFW apparently intends here is a neologism/malaprop for “tending to cause someone to become schizoid,” the strict psychiatric definition of which is denoting or having a personality type characterized by emotional aloofness and solitary habits. ‹informal› having inconsistent or contradictory elements; mad or crazy

pathogenic
capable of producing disease

Page 1041

antidote
malaprop, "anecdote."

Quelquechose
French: something

Page 1042

pièce
as in "pièce de resistance," the punchline or main point

Page 1043

four horsemen
as in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelation

BPL
Boston Public Library

Endnote 269 · Steeply-Bain Correspondence

Page 1047

'After my own parents were horribly killed on the Jamaica Way commuter road one morning in the freak crash of a radio traffic-report helicopter...'

Lateral Alice Moore was handicapped when the news helicopter she flew in crashed onto a highway. It could have been the same accident as the one to which Bain refers here.

J.O.I.
James O. Incandenza

guile
insidious cunning

methoxy-psychedelic
probably referring to MMDA

larval
immature in its kind

codpieces
a codpiece is a pouch at the crotch (covering the male genetalia) of tight-fitting breeches, popular during the Renaissance

Swinburne
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) was a British poet whose work had themes of homosexuality and sadomasochism.

Boston's Roxbury and Mattapan districts
two lower-income, primarily African American and Hispanic neighborhoods in Boston

prenominate
aforementioned

apposite
appropriate with regard to the current circumstances

Page 1048

fairly high-sodium way
a circumlocution for “with a grain (or more) of salt”

purposive
serving some purpose

Gretel the Cross-Sectioned Dairy Cow
Cornell University apparently has a cow whose stomachs you can see in action.

consummate
highly skilled

anaclitic
in psychology, dependence on other people or another person

Page 1049

prevarication
avoiding the truth by not directly answering a question

"...as if from the Rose Garden..."
like the President of the U.S. answering a question from a reporter

exploded
shown to be false or unfounded

mendacious
untruthful

monilial
relating to a fungus of the genus Candida

nubbin
a small lump or residual part

S. Johnson
probably a reference to Dr. Samuel Johnson, the lexicographer

piteously
pitifully

Page 1050

Steeples
[sic] for "Steeply"

vacuous
unintelligent, foolish, empty

Steeley
[sic] for "Steeply"

ACOAs
Adult Children of Alcoholics

AlaTeens
a support group for teenage children of alcoholics

ACONAs
Adult Children of Narcotics Anonymous

ACOGs
ACOG is most commonly the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, but in this context it probably stands for Adult Children of Gamblers (Grifters? Gladiators? Gun-wielders?)

neurasthenic
chronically fatigued and weak

aspic
meat jelly

profligate
extravagant

loquacious
very talkative

Page 1051

Starkly
Bain gets Steeply's name wrong yet again.

univocal
unambiguous

furcated
branching or forking

solicitous
concerned

appurtenances
accessories or equipment

pique
feeling of resentment

albatross
a burden, literally a large seabird, from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Starksaddle
another mistake with Steeply's name

perspicuous
clearly expressed

Page 1052

multivalent
having various meanings

Bainbridge
This isn't even close to Steeply's name.

Endnote 304 · The Train Game

Page 1055

McGee-like chaos
An overflowing closet was a running gag on the old-time radio show Fibber McGee and Molly.

smelling a rat in the woodpile
Rats often use woodpiles as cover for their burrows, as discussed here.

B.P.L. ArchFax database search
Possibly: Boston Public Library Archival Facsimiles.

Page 1056

murated

a neologism, by Hal’s criteria. Walled, perhaps from the Latin murare - to wall off.

QUOI?
WHAT?

Sudetenlandization
florid neologism Wikipedia - Sudetenland

G. T. Day, M.S.
Geoffrey Day, of Ennet House, who claims to have "manned the helm of a Scholarly Quarterly" at "some jr. college up the Expressway in Medford" (272). Before the author is mentioned, the article is said to have come from "someplace called Bayside Community College up I-93 in Medford." Wild Conceits, the publication, is said to be edited by the author of the article Struck is ripping off.

Page 1057

vishnu
Vishnu is the preserver/maintainer god of the Hindu Trimurti.

dasein
German: being there (lit)., existence; a cornerstone of the philosophy of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976).

Page 1058

cui bono
Latin: To whose benefit?

geatalt
a misprint of gestalt

municipal fluoridation
the addition of fluoride to public drinking- (tap-)water supplies to reduce tooth decay among the population; home filtration systems (such as Brita manufactures) can remove the flouride and thus eliminate the benefit

Page 1059

les passages à niveau de voie ferrée
the level crossings of railway line

Two hundred sixteen
216 is the cube of 6; thus the preliminary round would yield Les Trente-Six (36) semifinalists and the second round would produce six finalists attendants longtemps ses tours (French: "waiting a long time for their turns

Le Culte de Baiser Sans Fin
French: the cult of the kiss without end, or (as translated in the following paragraph), "the Cult of the Endless Kiss"

Page 1060

Bernard Wayne
Most likely John "N.R." Wayne's brother.

contuded
contused (battered, crushed) is intended, a typographical error, a misspelling, or a malaprop: you decide.

purple
alluding to purple prose

Endnote 321 · Hal's DMZ Dream

Page 1063

Rise Over Run
Slope Forumla.png The slope (m) of a line, expressed as its "rise" (variance along the y axis) divided by its run (variance along the x axis); equivalent in calculus to the first derivative.

tangent
This concept is explained here.

Differentiation
the process by which one determines the first derivative of a mathematical function

inexorably
relentlessly

Function x, exponent n, the derivative's going to be nx + x(n-1)
Permulis appears to have misspoken. The derivative of x to the nth power is n times x to the (n - 1) power, not nx plus x to the (n - 1)th power.

covers
a recording or performance of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else

Page 1064

G.C./M.S.
Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry, a means of drug detection

Digestive-Flora
bacteria that live in the intestines and aid in digestion, enteral microbiome

Verdun Protestant Hospital
now called Douglas Mental Health Institute

tu-sais-qué
malaprop or just really bad French for "you know what"

Nutter Butters
Nabisco's peanut-butter sandwich cookies

Human Hatchet
i.e., Axford

impotence
a malaprop; he means impetus

Blue Flames
probably some sort of depressants

Page 1065

O2
dioxygen, or oxygen gas as it exists in its natural state; ozone is O3

Jiminy Cricket
the talking (and singing) cricket in the 1940 film "Pinocchio", adapted from Carlo Collodi's serial for children, The Adventures of Pinocchio (1881-1883)

Endnote 324 · John Wayne loses it

Page 1066

moon
to spend time idly

camphonated
malaprop or misspelling of "camphorated," i.e., contained camphor

Endnote 324a

loamy
consisting of rich, arable soil

Y.T.M.P.

Page 1066 (cont'd)

whorl
a circular arrangement

funiculi
plural of "funiculus," i.e., part of the spinal cord

Page 1067

gonions
OED: the outermost point on the angle of the lower jaw on each side.

uncolloped
neologism, having no collops or fat, more or less

latissimal
referring to the lattissimus dorsi muscles

profligate
wasteful

Nordicular
neologism, Nordic, which is to say blond-haired and blue-eyed

armamentarium
an arsenal, particularly used by physicians to refer to drugs or treatments

callow
immature; inexperienced

entrepôt
a port city or other place for storing/dispensing, importing/exporting, collecting/distributing goods

dinkle
(American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, henceforth AHDEL5) penis

Page 1068

welching
(or welsh) not paying a debt or wager

three-setter
a tennis game ending in three sets, rather than two. So Pemulis needs to win a set against Freer to make it to the tournament.

cavalier
disdainful; unceremonious

burr
the word has a remarkable array of meanings, here used to mean "irritant"

Page 1069

canvas restraint-wrap
straitjacket

catgut
This is "a strong cord made by twisting the dried intestines of animals, as sheep, used in stringing musical instruments and tennis rackets, for surgical sutures, etc." (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).

"...his late great Da's..."
Clearly Pemulis has no idea that his brother was molested by their father.

pharmacopic
neologism, of or pertaining to prescription medication

rheumy
full of thin mucous

how 17 can actually go into 56 way more than 3.294 times
This recalls Bette Midler's anecdote (recorded on her 1977 album Live at Last, told while channeling the late Sophie Tucker:

"I will never forget it. It was on the occasion of Ernie's eightieth birthday and in honor of the occasion he married a twenty-year-old girl. And he rang me up the very next day and he said to me, 'Soph, Soph, I have just married myself a twenty-year-old girl! What do you think of that?!' And I said to him, 'Ernie, when I am eighty years old, I shall marry myself a twenty-year-old boy, and let me tell you something, Ernie! Twenty goes into eighty a hell of a lot more than eighty goes into twenty!'"

Recall that John (N.R.) Wayne is 17, while Avril Incandenza is 56, and the young tennis stud has obviously X'd the Academy matron more than three (or four) times.

Joan Sutherland
(1926–2010) an Australian-born internationally renowned dramatic coloratura soprano (opera singer)

colposcope
see note, p. 634

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Bedouins
certain Arabs of the deserts of Arabia and the Levant

being...buggered
being on the receiving end of anal sex

b/w
black and white

J. Gleason
Jackie Gleason (1916-1987) was one of the great comic actors of the 20th century.

Zoltan
actually a Hungarian name, which means "ruler"

cretinous
stupid

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Endnote 324f

brachiatishly
neologism; brachiation is arboreal locomotion by use of the forelimbs/arms, Generally used where appropriate to refer to primates

Orly
one of the airports serving Paris

Page 1071 (cont'd)

redoubted
formidable

Modus Tollens
a Latin logical term, meaning, roughly, "the means of denying"

Nucleic acids
DNA and RNA

A and G, T and C
adenine and guanine, thymine and cytosine, the neucleobase molecules that combine to form neucleotides, the building blocks of DNA

When the boulder's slipped all the way back to the bottom
a reference to the myth of Sisyphus

When the headless are blaming
a reference to "If," the poem by Rudyard Kipling: "If you can keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you..."

Csíkszentmihályi
Probably this is the last name of Zoltán, previously citted, whose “name no one can pronounce.” The name may be taken from Mihály Csíkszentmihályi (born 1934), a prominent Hungarian-American psychologist. His son Christopher is on the faculty at MIT.

lemma
a proven statement used as a step in a mathematical proof

Boardman MN
a town about 40 miles west-northwest of the Twin Cities

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"directionless in a dark wood"

A reference to Dante's "Divine Comedy"'s first Canto of the Inferno.

"Leap like a knight of faith . . ."

A reference to Soren Kierkegaard's knight of faith. Kierkegaard, a theologian and philosopher, didn't think there could be any logical justification for believing in God. Instead the believer is required to take a leap of faith, so called because he (the believer) has no evidence for his convictions and thus must always, on some rational level, doubt them. In fact to Kierkegaard doubt defines faith, because if there were no doubt no leap of faith would be required in the first place, much like it doesn't require a leap of faith for you to believe you're actually reading this wikipedia entry right now, or that I'm not an alien sub rosa manipulating your mind for my own purposes.

"...Peano, Leibniz, Hilbert..."
Giuseppe Peano (1858-1932) was an Italian mathematician. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was a German polymath and one of the creators of calculus. David Hilbert (1862-1943) was a German mathematician.

"...Fourier, Gauss, LaPlace, Rickey..."
Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768-1830) was a French mathematician and physicist. Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) was a German mathematician. Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace (1749-1827) was a French mathematician and astronomer. Rickey would seem to refer to V. Frederick Rickey, though he is contemporary while the other named men are not.

"...Wiener, Reimann, Frege, Green..."
Norbert Wiener (1894-1964) was an American mathematician. Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866) was a German mathematician. Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege (1848-1925) was a German mathematician and logician. Green is probably George Green (1793-1841), English mathematician and physicist.

Endnote 331

picaresque
adjective, relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero.

Endnote 332 · Pemulis just slays deLint

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jury-rigged
OED: nautical. used in combination to designate parts of a ship put together or contrived for temporary use; more broadly, improvised or makeshift

urologist
see note, page 527

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nictitater
neologism, descriptive of a creature who deploys its nictitating membrane (from Latin nictare, to blink) is a transparent or translucent third eyelid present in some chordates (i.e., having a vertebral column) that can be drawn across the eye from the medial canthus (i.e., inner corner of the eye) for protection and to moisten it while maintaining vision.

deviant division
56/17 (see note supra for page 1069)

17-into-56 leaflet
"the leaflet about Wayne and Mrs. I." referred to earlier on the page (with the "deviant division")

castigations
criticisms; reprimands

Page 1075

loupes
eyepiece magnifying glasses used by jewellers and others requiring magnification for clothes work

"may the road rise up to meet you..."
part of an old Irish blessing

whitherever
neologism, in whatever direction

Page 1076

recryptographilated
florid neologism, re-encrypted

incubus
a male demon that seduces female humans

Endnote 331

sudoriferous
adjective (of a gland) secreting sweat.

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Sounding rather suspiciously like Professor H. Bloom's turgid studies of artistic influenza
A reference to literary critic and author Harold Bloom who was no fan of DFW's:

Asked about novelist David Foster Wallace, who took his own life in 2008, but who has a new book out, “The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel,” put together from manuscript chapters and files found in his computer, Bloom says, “You know, I don’t want to be offensive. But ‘Infinite Jest’ [regarded by many as Wallace’s masterpiece] is just awful. It seems ridiculous to have to say it. He can’t think, he can’t write. There’s no discernible talent.” —WWD, April 26, 2011

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n.b.
Latin: nota bene, meaning "note well"


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