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- 1 ☽ Pre-dawn, May 1st, YDAU - Steeply & Marathe discuss possible contents of the Entertainment
- 2 Winter, B.S. 1963; Sepulveda, CA - Flashback to Himself's Childhood
- 3 Ken Erdedy & Kate Gompert go to NA
- 4 Steeply & Marathe discuss temptation to watch the Entertainment
☽ Pre-dawn, May 1st, YDAU - Steeply & Marathe discuss possible contents of the Entertainment
an intricate network, no doubt a reference to the solar plexus, a blow to which results in having "one's wind knocked out" because it temporarily causes the diaphragm not to function
confiscated from razzles...
(To find a useful note for this is a challenge. It occurs 4 times in the book, always in association with 'the entertainment' but its meaning is unclear.)
perfectly or skillfully
French: that's that
an ancient computer programming language
Winter, B.S. 1963; Sepulveda, CA - Flashback to Himself's Childhood
Institut für Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik, Kernforschungszentrum
German: Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Engineering, Nuclear Research Center (a real organization)
a city in Germany about 90 miles south of Frankfurt (Main)
probably United Republic of Germany
one of the largest publishers in Germany
the German name for Vienna, capital of Austria
Page 491 (cont'd)
André Bazin (1918-1958) was a French film theorist and director.
Ancient Greek for "I've found it," made famous by Archimedes
He means "metastasize."
to chatter unintelligibly
the state of happening simultaneously
field series generator
probably a shunt generator
downward slope or hill
product of precipitation
the longest arm of a right triangle
right dihedral triangle
a right triangle is one whose largest angle is 90º. Dihedral means "having two faces," a three dimensional structure (a mattress) is under discussion. In architecture, the intersection of two planar walls is a dihedral angle.
bolts with expanding wings used to fasten objects onto hollow surfaces, e.g., drywall
carpet with relatively long fibers
a still-running entertainment tabloid magazine
tinge of color
OED: of or relating to rodents; resembling or characteristic of a rodent.
the kind of V-shaped rock formation in caves that grows from the ceiling down; cf. stalagmite, which grows from the floor or ground of the cave upward
a bolt with a domed head not designed to be driven
a small generator using a permanent magnet to produce high-voltage pulses
Powell's Peeping Tom
Michael Latham Powell (1905-1990) was a British filmmaker, and Peeping Tom was one of his films.
i.e., hexagonal, having six sides
a curve traced by a point of a circle as it rolls across a straight line demonstrated here
Guillaume François Antoine, Marquis de l'Hôpital (1661-1704), was a French mathematician.
Jacob Bernoulli (1654-1705) was a Swiss mathematician.
a reference to a brachistochrone curve
NOAD: apt in the circumstances or in relation to something
Musical works written in the key of D Minor tend to carry an ominous tone. SeeA Fugue in D Minor.
Wallace displays his familiarity with the subject of music by inverting its more commonly known name of D Minor to "minor-D." This is a habit of many professional musicians, because the fact that the composition is in a minor mode is more important than the pitch of its tonic (root) note.
Ken Erdedy & Kate Gompert go to NA
Anechoic means "characterized by a low level of reverberation;" a vestry is where the priests' vestments (clothing for mass) are kept between ceremonies.
weariness of body
suspension of sensation and consciousness, with bodily rigidity
inability to feel pleasure
a colonnade surrounding an open space, or the space so encircled
a type of navigational device used before the invention of the sextant
sharp metal points on which to stick candles
Knights of Columbus
a Catholic fraternal order
synonym of plasma, i.e., a state of matter most similar to gas
a smokeless explosive, see note to page 433
incongruously varied in character or appearance
a bludgeon or club
the chief national train station in New York, at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue; a terminal for both Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
act of disrespect
a hooded pullover jacket
a neologism meaning "good-hearted"
a brand of sneaker
wooden mosaic flooring
Steeply & Marathe discuss temptation to watch the Entertainment
C'est la guerre
French: That's war
the Greek hero who beheaded Medusa (cf. The Medusa v. The Odalisque) , using the head to kill others; compared here to the A.F.R. ("the legs ... were amputated") which steals the Entertainment and uses it to kill others
a wandering minstrel
a stock mime or Commedia dell'Arte character, often the butt of jokes
- and a wearer of long trousers, to which he gave their modern French name pantalon. DFW’s use of the term in the context of amputated legs is certainly not a coincidence.
the Greek hero who lost his mind, murdered his family, and was forced to suffer twelve labors as punishment, including calming a three-headed dog, clearing dung from the Augean stables, and stealing apples of infinite joy; compared here to Gately ("head was square"), who lost his mind as an addict and was forced into a twelve-step program, where he had to calm Pat M.'s dogs and clear shit from the Shattuck shelter (he previously stole the master to the Entertainment). Hercules also borrowed Athena's chariot on occasion; Gately borrows Pat M.'s car.
Castor and Pollux
stars in the constellation Gemini, named for twin sons of Zeus and Leda in Greek mythology