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'''Madame Psychosis'''<br />
'''Madame Psychosis'''<br />
not just a byname for DMZ, but also a radio show host
not just a byname for DMZ, but also a radio show host
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'''patricidal'''<br />
having a tendency to kill one's father
'''entomologist'''<br />
a person who studies insects scientifically
'''sephenoid'''<br />
a misspelling for [http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sphenoid sphenoid], "a winged bone at the base of the cranium."
''Merriam-Webster Online. 25 May 2009''
'''Infundibular'''<br />
having the form of a funnel
'''epiglottal'''<br />
having to do with the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiglottis epiglottis]
'''Hillel'''<br />
a nationwide (worldwide?) Jewish student union present on several campuses
'''corpus callosum'''<br />
the part of the brain connecting the left and right hemispheres
'''larygeally fissured'''<br />
having ridges like the human [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larynx larynx]
'''work-study'''<br />
receiving funding from the university in exchange for work rendered to the university
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'''chiffon'''<br />
a lightweight, balanced, plain-woven fabric
'''limned'''<br />
To limn means to describe
'''parietal'''<br />
referring to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parietal_lobe parietal lobe] of the brain, responsible for sensory memory and response
'''pop'''<br />
Midwesterners in the U.S. use this word to denote what others call "soda," i.e., Coca-Cola, 7-Up, etc.
'''Dow'''<br />
a pun on the Chinese word ''tao,'' ("the way") and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJIA Dow Jones Industrial Average]
'''gasper'''<br />
'''E.S.T.'''<br />
Eastern Standard Time
'''medulla'''<br />
literally that part of the brain responsible for autonomic functions like heartbeat, organ activity, etc.
==Page 184==
'''I. M. Pei'''<br />
Ieoh Ming Pei (born 1917) is a Chinese-born American architect who designed, among other famous buildings, MIT's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Building_%28MIT%29 Green Building].
==Endnote 60==
'''J. A. Stratton'''<br />
Julius Adams Stratton (1901-1994) was an American educator and president of MIT between 1959 and 1965.
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'''cerebral cortex'''<br />
that part of the brain responsible for higher-order thinking
'''"...what she's said for three years of midnights..."'''<br />
Up until 'Look at that fucker ''Dance,''' the rest of her introduction is from [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%201&version=9 Genesis 1].
'''Largest Whole Prime On The FM Band'''<br />
109 is a prime number, i.e., divisible only by itself and by 1. Actually the highest number you can get on FM is 108, and there are no whole numbers in FM radio in the U.S.
'''EM'''<br />
probably denoting "electromagnetic"
'''centrifugal'''<br />
that force in a spinning object that tends to push away objects from the angle of rotation
'''Hundt Act'''<br />
Reed E. Hundt (born 1948) was chairman of the Federal Communications Committee in 1996, when the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was passed. Wallace may be riffing on that, as it appears there was no equivalent legislation in 1966.
'''spatter's center'''<br />
The spatter referred to here is probably the small amount of FM bands that can be sent out.
'''inelastic'''<br />
When used with regard to demand, this term means tending not to change.
'''3-km. cannon'''<br />
The range is about 1.86 miles.
'''P.E.'''<br />
Physical Education
'''Philology'''<br />
The love of language, the term is also used to describe the study of literature.
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'''hypogonadism'''<br />
lack of function of the ovaries or testicles
'''Nodular leprosy with leonine facies'''<br />
a form of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leprosy leprosy] that generates lesions made of nodes and that produces lion-like facial expressions (i.e., "leonine facies")
'''The acromegalic and hyperkeratosistic. The enuretic.'''<br />
Arcomegaly is a disorder of the pituitary gland whereby it produces too much human growth hormone, resulting in giantism. Hyperkeratosistic means that one is suffering from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperkeratosis hyperkeratosis]. Enuresis is bedwetting.
'''The spasmodically torticollic.'''<br />
having a head tilted to one side (torticollis) involving convulsions (spasmodic)
'''G.S.L.'''<br />
Guaranteed Student Loan
'''treillage'''<br />
'''interneural'''<br />
between nerves
'''semitic ideograms'''<br />
Semitic languages actually tend to be written uses alphabets, where a symbol denotes a phoneme, rather than in ideograms, like Chinese and Korean are. The oldest alphabet is the Phoenician, which was Semitic.0
'''rostral lamina'''<br />
in biology, a beaklike or snoutlike (rostral) layer of tissue (lamina)
'''neuroform'''<br />
Neuroform is actually the brand-name of a type of stent.
'''S.O.P.'''<br />
Standard Operating Procedure
'''neorealist'''<br />
adhering to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_neorealism Italian neorealism]
'''Peterson/Broughton and Dali/Buñuel'''<br />
[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0677403/ Sidney Peterson] and [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0112687/ James Broughton] collaborated on [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038855/ The Potted Psalm] (1946), an experimental film.
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Púbol (1904-1989) and Luis Buñuel Portolés (1900-1983) were both Spanish artists. They collaborated on ''[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020530/ Un chien andalou]'' (''An Andalusian Dog'', 1929), another experimental film.
'''Deren/Hammid'''<br />
[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0220305/ Maya Deren] and [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0352413/ Alexander Hammid] codirected [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036154/ Meshes of the Afternoon]
'''Antonioni'''<br />
Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007) was an Italian filmmaker probably most famous for [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060176/ Blowup].
'''Tarkovsky'''<br />
Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky (1932-1986) was a Soviet-Russian filmmaker.
'''Sometimes Ozu and Bresson'''<br />
Yasujirō Ozu (1903-1963) was a Japanese filmmaker. Robert Bresson (1901-1999) was a French filmmaker.
'''hoary dramaturgy'''<br />
According to Wikipedia, dramaturgy is "the art of dramatic composition and the representation of the main elements of drama on the stage." To call it "hoary" would be to imply it's old.
'''Sir Herbert Tree'''<br />
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1852-1917) was a British actor and manager. You can hear his performances of ''Hamlet'' [http://www.bl.uk/treasures/shakespeare/playhamlet.html here].
'''Kaelesque'''<br />
In the style of Pauline Kael (1919-2001), an American film critic for ''New Yorker'' magazine.
'''De Palma, Tarantino'''<br />
[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000361/ Brian De Palma] and [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000233/ Quentin Tarantino]
==Endnote 61==
'''dissociative formalism'''<br />
presumably [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formalist_film_theory formalism] that focuses too much on form and not enough on character and other aspects of filmmaking
'''Stan Brakhage and Hollis Frampton'''<br />
Stan Brakhage (1933-2003) and Hollis Frampton (1936-1984) were American avant-garde filmmakers.
'''Beth B.'''<br />
You can read about here [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0044579/ here].
'''the Snow brothers, Vigdis Simpson'''<br />
One of the Snow brothers would have to be Michael Snow (born 1929), a Canadian-American filmmaker, principally known for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavelength_%281966_film%29 Wavelength]. Vigdis Simpson seems created.
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'''Brutalism, Found Drama'''<br />
Brutalism may refer to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brutalism brutalist architecture]. Found Drama is the cinematic extension of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Found_art Found Art].
'''dissonant'''<br />
inharmonious with other things (here, aspects of Madame Psychosis's taste)
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'''Baraka'''<br />
Imamu Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones, 1934) is an African-American poet, playwright, author, and political activist.
'''piamater'''<br />
actually two words: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia_mater Pia mater].  Latin: tender mother.
'''sulci'''<br />
plural of "sulcus," a furrow or groove, particularly between sections of the brain
'''A.Y. ('V.F.') Rickey's ''summum opus'''''<br />
[http://www.math.usma.edu/people/Rickey/ V. Frederick Rickey] is a prominent mathematician. I don't know who A.Y. Rickey is/was, but it is notable that there is, in fact, no Student Union building at MIT.
''Summum opus'' would be a "great work" while ''magnum opus'' would be the "best work."
'''parietooccipital'''<br />
referring to both the parietal lobe of the brain, as well as the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occipital_lobe occipital] lobe, which is where vision is processed
'''Pons and abducent'''<br />
The Pons is a structure on the brain stem, while the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abducent_nerve abducens nerve] is a nerve in the muscles of the eye.
'''basilar-stem artery'''<br />
a stem of an artery that carries blood to the brain
'''oblongata'''<br />
the second half of the full name of the medulla
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'''FHC'''<br />
acronym for "fluorohydrocarbon," this is a type of [http://www.polymerplastics.com/fluoro_overview.shtml fluroplastic], known to give off poisonous fumes
'''Heathkit'''<br />
The company's Web site is [http://www.heathkit-museum.com/ here].
'''10ºC'''<br />
fifty degrees Fahrenheit
'''five m.'''<br />
almost 16.5 feet
'''vascularly hued'''<br />
colored like a blood vessel
'''mercuric'''<br />
employing the element [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_(element) mercury]
'''wooferless'''<br />
lacking the larger speaker (i.e., the "woofer") found in multi-speaker systems
'''saddle-noses'''<br />
noses having a collapsed nasal bridge
'''atrophic'''<br />
shrinking in size
'''Scleredema adultorum'''<br />
a [http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic385.htm disease] characterized by non-pitting induration of the skin
'''serodermatotic'''<br />
suffering from serodermatosis, a skin disease with serous effusion into the skin
'''hydrocephalic'''<br />
having water on the brain
'''tabescent and chachetic'''<br />
Tabescent refers to a person with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabes tabes dorsalis], and chachetic (probably misspelled) apparently refers to a person with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cachexia cachexia].
'''Brag's-Diseased'''<br />
This would seem to be a type of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glioma glioma], though it is mentioned almost nowhere.
'''carbuncular or steatocryptotic'''<br />
Carbuncular means "pimply," while steatocryptotic refers to a person suffering from steatocryptosis, which is derangement of the sebaceous glands.
'''Marin-Amat Syndrome'''<br />
This is involuntary closure on one eye, named for Manuel Marin Amat, an early 20th century Spanish ophthalmologist.
'''scrofulodermic'''<br />
suffering from [http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic434.htm cutaneous tuberculosis]
'''Bell-shaped steatopygiacs'''<br />
A steatopygiac is a person suffering from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steatopygia steatopygia]; if you're bell-shaped, it just means the fat is closer to the bottom than the top
'''Pityriasis Rosea'''<br />
a skin disease marked by patches of pink, oval rash
'''"Blessed are the poor in body, for they."'''<br />
This is not one of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatitude Beatitudes].
'''U.H.I.D.'''<br />
This is a bona fide acronym for "Universal Health Identifier," though it's doubtful this is what Wallace means. A HID is a "Human Interface Device"; U could stand for "university" or "universal" or something else entirely. Ah, what he means: Union of Hideous and Improbably Deformed
'''probability waves for subhadronics'''<br />
Probability waves are a concept in quantum physics that expresses the probability that "a particle or particles in a particular state will be measured to have a given position and momentum" (Wikipedia). Subhadronic refers to a particle smaller than a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadron hadron].
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'''Radcliffe's Bunting Institute'''<br />
Radcliffe is the women's college at Harvard University. According to the Harvard [http://www.harvard.edu/ Web site], "The Bunting Institute is a mutidisciplinary center for women scholars, writers, artists, and activists of demonstrated achievement and promise. Each year, approximately 40 women pursue projects that make significant contributions to their fields, working in a community that fosters interdisciplinary discourse, and creative and intellectual leadership. Some describe their experience as "the Bunting transformation."
'''L.A.S. tradition'''<br />
Liberal Arts and Sciences
==Endnote 64==
'''Samuel Johnson'''<br />
Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1709-1784), was a British poet, essayist, novelist, literary critic, and lexicographer.
'''Beesley'''<br />
Patricia Beesley, an early 20th century American educator who did author the book named.
'''cornup3.COM'''<br />
There is no such Web site.
'''''mens-sana'' pedagogy'''<br />
"healthy-mind" teaching
'''''ad valorem'''''<br />
Latin: by value
'''''corpore potis'''''<br />
Latin: able of body
'''Thorp's Trigonometry of Cubes'''<br />
Edward Oakley Thorp (born 1932) is an American mathematician, but he seems not to have created a "trigonometry of cubes," which would be, frankly, impossible.
'''aphotic to apochromatic'''<br />
Aphotic means without light, while apochromatic means developing color.
'''Best Boy'''<br />
a member of a film crew, assistant to either the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaffer_%28motion_picture_industry%29 gaffer] or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_grip key grip]
'''Cambridgeport'''<br />
an area of Cambridge, Mass.
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'''leukodermatic'''<br />
'''xanthodantic'''<br />
misspelling of xanthodontic, which means yellow-toothed
'''basilisk-breathed and pyorrheic'''<br />
A basilisk is a type of dragon, and pyorrhea is the condition of having gum disease.
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'''peronic or teratoidal'''<br />
Peronic means having a bent penis, while teratoidal means malformed.
'''prenologically malformed'''<br />
malformed in the shape of the skull
'''supuratively lesioned'''<br />
having lesions that ooze pus
'''acervulus-nosed'''<br />
having blisters on the nose
'''radically -ectomied'''<br />
-having to do with body-part removal (think radical mastectomy)
'''diaphoretic'''<br />
'''granulomatous'''<br />
having masses of ulcerated infections of the skin
'''lazarettes and oubliettes'''<br />
A lazarette is a hospital that treats infectious diseases, while an oubliette is a dungeon accessible only by trapdoor.
'''kyphotic and lordotic'''<br />
Kyphotic means having abnormal rear curvature of the spine (i.e., hunchbacked), while lordotic having abnormal forward curvature of the spine.
'''cellulitic'''<br />
'''fatally pulchritudinous'''<br />
deadly good-looking
'''Actaeonizing'''<br />
turning into a deer; growing horns
'''Medusoid'''<br />
looking like a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorgon gorgon]
'''papuled, the macular, the albinic'''<br />
Papules are inflammatory elevations of the skin. Macular means having opaque spots on the cornea. Albinic is having no melanin.
'''''odalisques'''''<br />
a concubine or slave in a harem
'''ital'''<br />
italics, used for emphasis
'''crosiers'''<br />
a crosier is a type of French roll
'''lager'''<br />
a type of beer, medium in darkness
'''vin blanc'''<br />
French: white wine
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'''''Good Morning, Midnight'' and ''Maggie: A Girl of the Streets'' and ''Giovanni's Room'' and ''Under the Volcano'''''<br />
''Good Morning, Midnight'' is a novel by Jean Rhys (1890-1979), born Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams, a Caribbean novelist, on the topic of a woman forced to confront her own loneliness and despair. ''Maggie: A Girl of the Streets'' is a novel by Stephen Crane (1871-1900), an American novelist, on the topic of a child prostitute.  ''Giovanni's Room'' by African-American expatriate author James Arthur Baldwin (1924-1987) is a novel on the topic of a young man coming to terms with his homosexuality. ''Under the Volcano'' is a novel by Malcolm Lowry (1909-1957), a British writer, on the topic of alcoholism.
'''Bret Ellis'''<br />
Bret Easton Ellis (born 1965) is an American novelist probably best known for ''Less Than Zero'' (1985), about a drug addict who turns to prostitution, and ''American Psycho'' (1991), about a serial killer.
'''van der Rohe'''<br />
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) was a German-born American architect.
==Endnote 66==
'''R.E.M. and Pearl Jam'''<br />
R.E.M.'s lead singer, Michael Stipe, was famous for his unintelligible lyrics until around 1987's ''Document''. Pearl Jam's vocalist, Eddie Vedder, is as cryptic now as he was fifteen years ago, when they released their first record.
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'''wall- and cross-eyed'''<br />
To be wall-eyed is to suffer from exotropia, which is a form of ocular paralysis in which one or both eyes turn outward.
'''ergotic of St. Anthony'''<br />
An old name for ergot poisoning is "St. Anthony's fire," which is ergot poisoning. However, given the context, Wallace may be referring here to shingles.
'''varicelliformally eruptive'''<br />
a type of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eczema_herpeticum eczema due to herpes].
'''sarcoma'd of Kaposi'''<br />
Karposi's sarcoma is a usually benign skin cancer common in elderly Mediterranean men that has become the most easily identifiable visible symptom of AIDS.
'''M. Hamilton as Oz's West Witch'''<br />
Referring to [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/ The Wizard of Oz], the Wicked Witch of the West (and East) was played by [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002121/ Margaret Hamilton].
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'''RCA-Victorish'''<br />
The image can be seen to the right.
'''snaggle-toothed'''<br />
having a broken or projecting tooth
'''wattled'''<br />
having flesh hanging from one's chin, like a turkey
'''lycanthropically'''<br />
in a way suggesting a werewolf
'''Tourettic'''<br />
suffering from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourette%27s_Syndrome Tourette's syndrome]
'''teratoid'''<br />
resembling a monster
'''halitotic'''<br />
having bad breath
'''saurian- and equine-looking'''<br />
looking like a lizard or horse, respectively
'''invaginate'''<br />
'''Cushing's Disease'''<br />
Named for Harvey Williams Cushing (1869-1939), an American neurologist,  this disease is an endocrine disorder resulting in rapid weight gain, sweating, thinning of skin, and other negative side effects.
'''Rhinoplasty'''<br />
nose job
'''subdural'''<br />
below the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dura_mater dura mater] in the skull
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'''les bâtiments sanctifíes'''<br />
French: the holy buildings
'''''Metropolis'''''<br />
a 1927 [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017136/ film] directed by Fritz Lang
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most swinish, i.e., most pig-like

a pejorative intensifier, chiefly British in usage

something very small

the Beats
members of the Beat generation

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1956 Mercury Montclair
See right, though Incandenza's father's car is "bit-lip red."

full of small protuberances

another word for tendon

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).

bright red

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putting into action

German: No?

what turns the rudder to steer a boat

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pronator teres
a muscle of the forearm

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having whorls, i.e., coiled and spiral shapes

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flying sod
He's referring to divots, i.e., bits of the fairway that get torn up when a golf ball is hit.

anal rage
He's probably referring to anal-retentive rage, rather than rage specifically located in the anus.

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a brand of automobile, examples of which can be seen here

past tense of heave

smoked salmon

in a sociable manner

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Note that Incandenza's father calls his own father by the same nickname as Incandenza's children call him.

senza errori
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).

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a city of Arizona, 82 miles south of Tucson

probably referring to James Dean

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absence of motion

having a rough surface because of minute points or projections

having undergone mortification of the flesh, i.e., abuse of the body by one's self as a form of penance

the University of Southern California

probably Frankie Avalon

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suggestive in style of the ancient Romans

Inman Square
a square in Cambridge named for colonial merchant Ralph Inman

a high-fashion clothes company

Mr. Howell
Gilligan's Island character Thurston J. Howell, III

jaunty or dashing

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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

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.

Endnote 56

acronym for [paramethoxyamphetamine paramethoxyamphetamine]

Found in nutmeg, it does not have hallucinogenic properties.

Also called LSA, it's found in morning glory seeds

Found in varieties of dogbane, it is a drug used to ease heroin withdrawal.

yagé's harmaline
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 Watts
Alan Wilson Watts (1915-1973) was a British-born philosopher and writer in the field of comparative religion.

T. Leary
Timothy Francis Leary (1920-1996) was an American writer and psychologist best known as an advocate for regular LSD use.

Millbrook NY
a town in New York state, about 90 miles north of New York City

actually a radio station in Syracuse, New York

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Riverside Hamlet
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).[1]

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.


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Year of the Yushityu...

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a person who loads and unloads cargo from boats

40 km.
almost 25 miles

German: Quickly

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formants and fricatives, trochaically stressed
A format 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; here it is probably referring to the anus.

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8 1/2
a film by Federico Fellini

incapable of being stretched

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a skin cleaner marketed by Procter & Gamble

not a drug currently marketed in the U.S.

Epsom salts
Magnesium sulfate, used to relieve pain, among other uses.

November 4th, YDAU - Pat Montesian's Drop-in-hours

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Higher Power
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.

to crawl like ants

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a (probably deliberate) misspelling of "magnanimously," i.e., generously

the Fenway
the Fenway-Kenmore section of Boston

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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.

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2% proof
Redundant because "proof" is an expression of alcohol content. Doubling the alcohol percentage gives you proof, i.e., 2% alcohol is 4 proof.

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Late October, YDAU - WYYY, Madame Psychosis

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Madame Psychosis
not just a byname for DMZ, but also a radio show host

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