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343 · The Longest Chapter in the Book
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an ancient type of Mesopotamian temple tower
board made of small fibers of wood, plastic, or some combination of these and other materials
Concord is about 20 miles west of Boston and is the site one of the first battles of the American Revolution.
a traffic circle or, in the U.K., a roundabout
material made of thin layers of wood glued together
The twelfth and final step of AA is this: "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."
of or pertaining to the use of short and pithy statements
pay it forward
thus the title of this movie
drink of alcohol
Dick Cavett and Truman Capote
Richard Alva "Dick" Cavett (born 1936) is an Emmy-award-winning television talk-show host. Truman Capote (1924-1984) was an American writer and novelist, best known for writing In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Both men were remarkably short.
understood or recognized by few people
Page 344 (cont'd)
This is a tubular band of ornamental material; Nodie is probably a brand name.
overlapping in sequence
You get one from biting thread to cut it.
front top teeth
without interesting qualities
You can read it here.
one's ability to feel the emotions of another person
what he is
i.e., an alcoholic
not intended as a punishment
nitroglycerin, used for cardiac attacks
Page 345 (cont'd)
a hair over 90 miles per hour
a prolonged or tedious account
growing in size, as for the first half of a lunar cycle
inflammation of the serous membrane lining the abdomenal cavity
pertaining to hardening of liver tissue
inflammation of the kidneys
a close friend or companion, from the Spanish for "godfather"
a Satanic ritual based on ten Roman Catholic mass
"...something whimpery instead of banging."
a reference to the last line of T.S. Eliot's poem The Hollow Men
loud and flashy
a reference to Balaklava, Ukraine, and the suicidal Charge of the Light Brigade
a warm, rising air current
simultaneous purchase and sale of the same assets in different markets
i.e., a compound fracture, where the bone protrudes through the skin
Though the term refers to Unitarianism, here it suggestsa kind of hippyesque, wishy-washyness.
Named for Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg (1847-1934), the German field marshal, hero of World War I, and last President of the Weimar Republic, the Hindenburg was a hydrogen-powered zeppelin that exploded over Lakehurst, N.J., on May 6, 1937.
so as not to appear in one's urine
blissful or angelic
a brand of lighter
A play on words. "Saccharin" is the artificial sweetener in Sweet & Low (coffee is being discussed); "saccharine" means "overly sweet."
confused or perplexed
foul and repulsive
using few words
a tense of verb implicating a command or directive
an Irishman who is a permanent resident non-citizen of the U.S.
i.e., "with the pedal to the metal," i.e., at top speed
Psychosis (called "speed psychosisis") a not uncommon side effect of amphetamine abuse.
to speak poetically
"'d been a confarmed..."
I'd been a confirmed bowl-splatterer for years beyond counting. I'd been barred from the facilities at all the truck stops betwixt here and New York for years. The wallpaper in the loo at home hung in these curled sheets from the wall, I tell you. But now one day . . . I'll remember it always. It were a week to the day after I stood up for my ninety-day chip. I were three months sober. I were there on the throne at home, you know. Not to put too fine a point on it, I produced as usual and . . . and I were so amazed as to not believing my ears. It was a sound so unfamiliar at the first I thought I'd dropped my wallet in the loo, do you know? I thought I'd dropped me wallet in the loo as god is my witness. So down I bend betwixt my knees and had a look in the dim of the loo and couldn't believe my eyes. So good people I do then I drop to my knees by the loo and had a real look. A lover's look, do you know? And friends it were a lovely past my poor powers to say. It were a turd in the loo. A real turd. It were firm and tapered and ever so gently arched. It looked . . . constructed instead of sprayed. It look as I felt in my heart God himself made a turd to look. My friends, this turd of mine practically had a pulse. I stayed down on my knees and thanked my Higher Power, which I choose to call my Higher Power God, and I been thanking my Higher Power on my knees ever since, morning and nighttime and in the loo as well, ever since.
an erection that won't go away
inability to hold owns bowels to the extent that feces shoot out of the anus
castration of one's self
Birchism is adherence to the principles of the John Birch Society, an ultra-right-wing political organization
probably something like the German-American Bund of Fritz Julius Kuhn
Coprophilia and -phagia
sexual excitement brought on by feces and eating of feces, respectively
a holder for more than one candle
something highly caustic or severe, as criticism
They trying to say au revoir, i.e., French for "goodbye."
characterized by tremor vibrations in any part of the body
green with vegetation
having veins that are visible through the skin
A shaman is a priest or religious official, usually of an indigenous religion. A fiat is an order, based on the Latin for the imperative form of the verb "to be."
18.6 miles per hour
in a way suggesting something having to do with a magic charm or amulet
from Matthew 20:9-13
meaning an electric ballast, which is used to regulate and stabilize the current in lights
knotty of misshappen
the short name for the Philadelphia 76ers
This is the Massachusetts Correction Institute at Walpole, about 25 miles southwest of Boston.
an alcoholic drink fermented from raisins, commonly made in prisons
looking like a ghost
the Buick LeSabre
a slang term meaning "always screwing up"
short for "dashboard"
sunken to a low position, as in "abject poverty"
control or rule over one's self
Entomology is the study of insects.
Page 357 (cont'd)
The Reverend Frederick McFeely "Fred" Rogers (1928-2003) was an American minister and children's television show host.
speak in an extravagantly elegant manner
abusive expressions of opinion
Sergeant at Arms
an officer appointed to keep order
a short, pithy statement
happening at night
a shepherd's staff
You can see French-curled jewelry here
in an effectedly modest way
distances around the edge of a circle
dead skin at the bottom of the fingernails
a chemical that tends to dry something else out
You can see onionlights here.
a type of alcohol, found in rubbing alcohol
to smell very badly
Assistant District Attorney
permeated with gas to kill insects
a peculiarity of personality
material taken from the rattan plant, a climbing palm with very long stems
This is the AA "bible," so to speak, and can be found online here.
As Bill Sees It
a book by Bill W., one of AA's founders, first published in 1967
Came To Believe
another AA publication, this one published in 1973
a brand name of pethidine, a painkiller
having to do with light
one of five species of poisonous snake
The reference is to glossolalia.
essential or necessary
The word means "able to see the veins"; this condition of the nose is very common among advanced alcoholics.
This is a song whose title is from the Italian for "to fly." The song was written by Domenico Modugno and Franco Migliacci. Modugno went on to be a member of Italy's parliament
pupil and iris
The pupil is the black circle at the center of the eye, while the iris is the colored part (blue, green, brown).
which is to say, in Lenz's case, unsuccessfully incognito
an Italian brand of shoes
an external boundary
recalling the 12th step on page 344, UHID must lack this step, or perhaps one of the others
Rémy-Martin, a brand of cognac
a brand name of cigar
the paddles used in defibrillation, the application of electric shocks to the heart to re-start it
Normally a golf term, a divot is the hole left by the dirt displaced when one strikes a golf ball.
the quality of being offensive
Usually referring to an owner, here it refers to feeling as if one has a sense of ownership.
the very end of the large intestine
having exaggerated pride or self-confidence
a type of golf club
off the fairway on the tenth hole of a golf course
women's shoes without heels
contingent on something else happening
at variance with what really happened
According to Merriam-Webster, "indicative" means "of, relating to, or constituting a verb form or set of verb forms that represents the denoted act or state as an objective fact."
switching the position of two things
here used to mean "place"
here used to mean "give an impression of"
a piled and nappy material resembling velvet
an ornamental covering for a horse, or just rich clothing
the type of hammer a judge uses to restore or maintain order
367 (1) · Statue of Liberty
huge photo album
The book held by the statue reads, "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI ."
as opposed to the torch it currently holds
spikes used by mountain climbers for support
367 (2) · Boston AA Meeting (continued)
to express disapproval
inability to speak
now owned by Macy's
i.e., totally expected and not at all a surprise
lacking in sincerity, pretending to be naïve
moving awkwardly or slowly
Naked I Club
a real strip club mentioned here
U.S. 1 runs from Fort Kent, Maine, at the Canadian border down to Key West, Fla., mainly through small towns.
a suburb of Boston about ten miles south of the city
the cause or source of a medical problem
a Southern term for a crawfish
an animal with a spine
the phylum of the animal kingdom containing all animals with spines
apparently not just for girls anymore
one of France's largest cosmetics manufacturers
gruesome or shocking
the quality of always being present
a real insurance company
columns of buildings built according to the Doric order
the ability to be easily bent
Ramparts and Commonweal
Ramparts was a magazine founded for a Catholic leadership but eventually found its niche with the New Left. Commonweal was and still is a publication by and for lay Catholics.
Sally Jessy Raphael M.S.W.
Sally Jessy Raphael (born Sally Lowenthal, 1938) is an American talk-show host. She does not hold an M.S.W., i.e., a Master's of Social Work
the status of being an accomplice in a wrongdoing
Wounded, Hurting, Inadequately Nurtured but Ever-Recovering Survivors
Look at the initials of the capitalized words.
the oustide edge of something
a dressing table
a complex system within the brain
an attack from all sides
rasa the tabula
This is a pun on tabula rasa, Latin for "blank state" and used in the philosophy of John Locke (1632-1704). The sense here is the clean the slate.
a large printed handkerchief, typically red or blue with a white design
surrounding the mouth
vacuole and optica
These are parts of a cell, the optica likely being some kind of "seeing" organ.
a single-celled organism
some Catholic statue
The statue described strongly appears to be Bernini's The Ecstasy of St Theresa. This statue is also referred to by name at endnote 24, page 988 in the synopsis of James Incandenza's film Pre-Nuptial Agreement of Heaven and Hell.
another name for the Horae
Often this word is used to denote a baby angel, but the actual connotation of the original Hebrew is of a fearsome warrior angel. A cherub guards the Garden of Eden in Genesis so that Adam and Eve cannot go back in.
intravenous, i.e., directly into a vein
unspoken but implied
Six Flags Over the Poconos
Six Flags is a chain of amusement parks. There is not currently one in the Pocono Mountains.
This is the mythological spelling of "labyrinth," meaning generically a maze, but more specifically denoting the maze built by Daedalus of ancient Greek myth.
Daedalus build his famous maze to house the minotaur, a monster that was half man and half bull and the product of sexual congress between Europa, queen of Crete, and Zeus in the form of a bull.
aides de camp
a confidential assistant to a military officer
departed suddenly and in secret
Wallace really means "quasi-Fascist" rather than "proto-Fascist"; it's not as if the rules of AA are the harbinger of Fascism later to come.
a synonym of "absconded"
This word means: "Thus; so. Used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally" (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language).
375 (1) · More Marathe & Steeply
a projecting ridge on a mountain
a small bright spot
"...launching even one ship or vessel."
unlike Helen of Troy, whose face "launched a thousand ships" according to Homer
375 (2) · Himself and Lyle
376 · More Boston AA
an accent, usually Irish
an eighth of an ounce of cocaine
capable of having light pass through
wrapped tightly in clothes
abnormal growth of cells or tissue
acts of protest
a policeman who patrols the streets
another name for wolframite
the fashion house known in long form as the House of Chanel
dilation (of the cervix) and curetage (scraping) of the uterus
the tissue that nourishes a fetus and makes up the afterbirth
Social Security Insurance
379 · More With Himself and Lyle
showing lack of judgment
This is "the semifluid mass into which food is converted by gastric secretion and which passes from the stomach into the small intestine" (Random House Unabridged Dictionary).
Latrodectus Mactans Productions