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219* · Joelle Contemplates Suicide
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marked with stripes or streaks
George Dewey Cukor (1899-1983) was an American film director.
Murnau in Méliès's fiberglass lap
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1888-1931) was a German expressionist filmmaker who later worked in Hollywood. He made the classic vampire film Noferatu. Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès (1861-1938) was a French filmmaker, famous for the silent A Voyage to the Moon.
the band of fabric worn around the waist with a tuxedo
i.e., he worked with acids
having patches of black and white
Georg Wilhelm Pabst (1885-1967) was a Bohemian-born Austrian filmmaker.
a type of widely eaten grain
another word for "sisterly"
From the Latin "under the rose," this word means secretly held.
glazed with an earth-based pigment
a resin compound used to make figurines, among other things
in music, notes that are sounded in a detached and distinct manner
In the non-ophthalmic sense, this word means "waterfall."
NOTRE RAI PAYS
Notre pays is French for "our country." I don't know what "RAI" is supposed to mean; apparently, in French, it's a type of Algerian music.
Big Red Soda Water
apparently a real brand
a brand of scrubbing pads
0.77 square miles
the finished edge of a piece of fabric, so done to prevent fraying
establishes the boundaries of
223 (1) · Chronology of Subsidized Time
See Subsidized Time.
perhaps Global Food Resources
a town 55 miles east of Columbus
a suburb of Washington, D.C., about 15 miles due west of the city
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Veedersburg, Indiana and Powell, Wyoming
Veedersburg is about 70 miles west-northest of Indianapolis; Powell is about 90 miles south of Billings, Mont.
This is "the difference between the view of an object as seen through the picture-taking lens of a camera and the view as seen through a separate viewfinder" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
227 (1) · Helen P. Steeply's c.v.
1.98 M., 104 KG., A.B., M.J.A.
1.98 meters is about 6'4" tall. 104 kg is around 230 lbs. She's enormous.
A.B. is an older abbreviation for B.A., i.e., Bachelor of Arts. M.J.A. is probably Master of Journalistic Arts.
A list of articles from this publication can be found here.
probably not a real publication
also not a real publication
not a real town, but erythema is a real disease
227 (2) · Joelle continued
"All But Dissertation," a term used to refer to people who have completed their doctoral studies with the exception of their dissertations.
A homburg is a stiff felt hat characterized by a single dent running down the center of the crown and a brim fixed in a tight, upwards curl. It is superficially similar to the trilby or fedora; trilbys and fedoras, however, have soft, "snappable" brims and can have various designs "pinched" into the crown, whereas the shape of a homburg is fixed. (see right) Wikipedia
a city of Germany above 25 miles west of Frankfurt (Main)
the A.M.'s interruptus
Presumably this means the end of the morning, although the only common English usage of "interruptus" is in the Latin phrase coitus interrruptus, i.e., "pulling out."
Born Eleanora Derenkowsky, Maya Deren (1917-1961) was a Ukrainian-born American filmmmaker.
one of the 20 amino acids found in proteins
Rutherford Keck and Crosby Baum
These both seem to be invented people....
...as does this...
Franciscan bald spot
The Orders of Friars Minor were known to shave the tops of their heads in medieval and early modern times.
breasts or nipples
In linguistics, a diphthong is a vowel combination involving a smooth transition from one vowel to another. English has three diphthongs: /ay/ as in "papaya," /oy/ as in "boy," and /au/ as in "Bauhaus." Technically "beautiful" doesn't have a diphthong.
sexually attracted to pornography [ummm, let's get right with the scopophilia/-phobia, y'all—Merriam-Webster Medical online says "a desire to look at sexually stimulating scenes especially as a substitute for actual sexual participation"]
the name of cities in both Alabama and West Virginia
German: bird song
a college in Boston
the supposed emanation of the soul from the body; here used as a metaphor for vomit
trembles or vibrates
yellowing of the skin caused by liver disease
b & w
black and white
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's unmarried name
This is "the ratio of the focal length (f)) of a lens or lens system to the effective diameter of its aperture" (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition).
Technically, it's called the Berliner Pfannkuchen (doughnut).
Ich bein ein Berliner
Bein is the wrong word. It's a noun in German and means "bone." The first-person singular of sein ("to be") is bin.
À du nous avons foi au poison
French (roughly): We have faith in poison
She played Jan Brady on The Brady Bunch.
Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady
Ann B. Davis, who played Alice, the maid
the middle son, played by Christopher Knight
the eldest son, played by Barry Williams
De gustibus non est disputandum
Latin: There's no accounting for taste
Eisenstein and Kurosawa and Michaux
Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein (1898-1948) was a Latvian-born Russian-Jewish filmmaker, famous for his film Battleship Potemkin. Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) was perhaps the most prominent Japanese filmmaker of the twentieth century. Oscar Micheaux (1893-1951) was an African-American filmmaker whose ouevre can be viewed here.
draw a bead
slang for taking aim at a target with a rifle
Ten meters is equal to 32.8 feet.
Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was a prominent twentieth-century German philosopher and proponent of existentialism.
From the Latin for "from what comes first," these are assumptions made before observations are made.
another word for "ghost"
I could locate no film by this name.
From the Latin ablative case of the word for "who," this word means "in the character of capacity of."
a neurotransmitter, primarily responsible for movement and cognition
a type of French open-faced sandwich
thymus gland or pancreas of young animals (calf or lamb)
French for "iced"
another name for the Morris Minor
derived from the ipecacuanha plant, a syrup produced to induce vomiting
the tongue of a bell
see Subsidized Time
Born in 1932, Dusan Makavejev (probably misspelled) is a Yugoslavian-born film director.
Shiny Prize, Kentucky
not a real town
1.7 meters tall
a little over 5'6"
about 106 pounds
a brand of cigarette rolling papers
employing the Cyrillic alphabet, as with Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, etc.
softened in feeling and temper
soft rock's grim dental association
which is to say, it's the kind of music you'd hear in a dentist's office
Kinski as Paganini
Klaus Kinski (1926-1991), Danzig-born German-American actor, played Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), the Italian violinist and composer, in his final film, Kinski Paganini.
Léaud as Doinel
Jean-Pierre Léaud (born 1944), a French actor, played the fictional character Antoine Doinel in five films.
Peterson's The Lead Shoes
a 1949 film by Sidney Peterson
This is "a mixture of aromatic substances, often in the form of a ball, formerly carried on the person as a supposed guard against infection but now placed in closets, dressers, etc." (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
appealing to bathos, i.e., insincere pathos (emotion)
bourbon without ice
a reference to Santa Maria della Vittoria, where the mentioned work by Bernini hangs
a brand of toothpaste
NoCoat is a brand of drywall materials.
a brand name of nalidixic acid, used to treat urinary tract infections
for removal of hair
brand name of a treatment for vaginal yeast infections
a brand name of camera film
a brand name of aluminum foil
Joelle is making crack, as opposed to 'freebase cocaine' which requires ether. Crack production is procedurally distinct (and safer) from that of purer 'freebase cocaine,' but the effects are the same: the baking soda serves to free the cocaine base from the pure cocaine hydrochloride. Both methods produce crystals that can be smoked. The production method of Joelle's earlier "home made freebase cocaine" is uncertain, but conventional phrasing suggests she makes the ether-based variety at home.
the knob for cold water
a city in Kentucky about 175 miles southeast of St. Louis, Mo.
an airline serving Australia and New Zealand
a sharp tap
i.e., papier mâché
Standard Operating Procedure
a case for luggage
"...darkness dance on the face of the deep..."
a play on Genesis 1:2
"...that skull fragment out of the Hamlet graveyard scene..."
i.e., "infinite jest"
the nickname for former NFL linebacker Ted Hendricks
hackneyed or trite
Thought G.O.A.T. stands here for "Girl Of All Time," it's a pun (and an oxymoron) since "goat" is a slang term for an ugly person.
with the foot turned on the axis of the ankle
which is to say random noise generated by the party outside the bedroom
'We've Only Just Begun'
a song by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols first recorded by the Carpenters in 1970
red as the color made by MercuroChrome
240* · Enfield MA
Note: Most of these places exist but there is no such town (anymore) as Enfield, Mass.
Apparently there is a misspelling. The correct term would be Discalced Carmelites, which means they go barefoot or wear sandals.
Roman Catholic Church
les trebuchets noirs
French: the black catapults
about 16,400 feet
in the shape of an arm
almost 900,000 square yards
feces, particularly of birds or bats
almost 2.5 miles
having common axes
Air Delivery Equipment
242 · Hal and Orin on Himself
a little over 3,600 feet
a real range east of Phoenix
a cliff with a vertical face
to make favorably inclined
intended to ward off evil
probably a reference to Popocatépetl
Ahts of Vancouver
another name for the Nuu-chah-nulth, the indigenous peoples of Vancouver Island, Canada
about 441 pounds
to depart secretly
This is "a large, hooded cloak with a mask covering the eyes, worn at masquerades" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
a missing part
obviously some kind of impulse buy, but I can't figure out what kind
The Arizona Cardinals now play in the University of Phoenix Stadium.
This is the name of one of the docks of east London, but probably not what's being referred to here. Victoria is also the capital of British Columbia, and an island in the Pacific off the B.C. coast.
'20 for 28 is what, 65%?'
It's a little over 71%.
the transmission of something automatically and at a distance -- here, Hal's toenails to the wastebasket
a misspelling of "magnetron," which is "a two-element vacuum tube in which the flow of electrons is under the influence of an external magnetic field, used to generate extremely short radio waves" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
kilograms per square centimeter, as a measurement of pressure, like pounds per square inch
the sea between the west coast of Italy and the Balkan peninsula
a brand name of exercise machines
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. (1926-2004) was a Swiss-born American psychiatrist and specialist on death and dying. John Hinton is a British contemporary expert in the field.
Kastenbaum and Kastenbaum
Robert J. Kastenbaum is another prominent scholar in the field of death and dying. I can't find another person by that name, so perhaps Hal is referring to multiple volumes by the same Kastenbaum.
Elizabeth Harper Neeld's Seven Choices: Taking the Steps to New Life After Losing Someone You Love
A real book, it's actually 343 pages.
Wyclif and 14th-century langue-d'oc French
John Wyclif was a 14th century English theologian. He made the first translation of the Bible into English, thus his importance to etymology in general. Langue d'oc is another name for the Occitan language. The OED actually dates the word's (acceptance) earliest usage to 1596 by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice.
a national language of India and one of the most widely spoken
a venomous lizard native to the Southwest U.S. and Mexico, known for its tenacious bite
having high blood pressure
Leaves of Grass
the most famous volume of poetry by Walt Whitman
incapable of being disturbed
characteristic of an outburst of violent emotion
half a meter
about 1.64 feet
loose flesh as under the jaw of a cow
"...when Luke removes his high-tech targeting helmet..."
Hal is referring to a scene from Star Wars; Luke is Luke Skywalker.
plural of coccyx, i.e., the tailbone
another name for the flower known as the narcissus or daffodil
a cart for hauling manure or for hauling victims to the guillotine during the French Revolution
called down curses upon someone
name of a beatified Catholic virgin
a bit over a quarter of an ounce
wildly carbuncular wife
This is a reference to Nancy Witcher Astor, Viscountess Astor (1879-1964), wife of Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
a program between the beginning of World War II and U.S. entry after the bombing of Pearl Harbor whereby the U.S. government provided materiel to Britain (and later the Soviets) in return for military bases
irrational fear or pornography [doubtful; fear of being looked at makes more sense]