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- 1 Don Gately Remembers
- 2 Hal Wakes Up (Maybe?)
- 3 More Gately History
Don Gately Remembers
an infarct is when a piece of organ tissue, usually in the brain or heart (stroke or heart attack, respectively), is deprived of oxygen for a period of time because of a blockage or thrombosis, and either dies or is significantly weakened
the running back farthest from the line of scrimmage
a defensive player who plays a few yards behind the line of scrimmage and behind one end of the defensive line or the other (as opposed to inside or middle linebackers, who are behind the center of the line)
a 4.4 40
He could run 40 meters in 4.4 seconds.
"...in a flaming L.A...."
This would make the year 1992.
"some Finest got home-movied..."
This is a reference to the Rodney King beating.
a large exterminator company
vodka and orange juice
brownshirts and jackboots
things worn by Nazis; jackboots are combat boots that go to mid-calf
i.e., ZOG, for Zionist Occupation Government, the acronym coined by American neo-Nazi Eric Thomson
The Turner Diaries
Written by William Luther Pierce III (1933-2002), this is a neo-Nazi novel once called the "blueprint" for the Oklahoma City bombing.
the plural of duBois
cultivated high potency marijuana
a misspelling of Haffenreffer, a Boston brewery
Beverly Middle School
a very long-nosed animal; see a picture here
Read about them here.T
"...to cyclize OH..."
To cyclize something is to have it form rings. OH is the hydroxy radical.
actually commonly used as a nickname for marijuana laced with PCP
Page 904 (cont'd)
a brand name of pots and pans
a type of solvent
48 continguous United States (excludes Alaska and Hawaii)
presumably the six Canadian provinces that border the contiguous 48 states, i.e., British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec
a brand name of antihistamine sleeping aid
a sort of memory lapse short of a blackout
a word from Anthony Burgess's invented Nadsat language from the novel 'A Clockwork Orange'; it means 'friends'
Attention Deficit Disorder
German for "hail victory," the reference is to the Nazis.
see note supra for page 884
a famous poem by Irwin Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), American poet
You can read an example here.
the more common name for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which the famous New York Yankee suffered from
Salem State U.
There is a Salem State College, but not a university.
Hal Wakes Up (Maybe?)
It's unclear how Hal is pronouncing this word, but he likely means Jawohl, German for an emphatic "yes."
(bad) French: You know what
a wild party or orgy
Muslims who believe that Ali was the rightful successor to the Prophet Muhammad
a title of respect for one educated in Islamic law
a bodysuit or one-piece leotard
something out of Zorro
referring to Stice's mask-like face bandage; see right for a picture of Guy Williams as Disney's television Zorro (originally aired 1957-1959)
like a swine
point of view
combination of "mano-a-mano" (Spanish: hand to hand) and "tête-à-tête" (French: head-to-head)
over 110 pounds
a Scottish style hat sometimes with a tassel, feather, or pompon in the center
a brand name of cranberry juice
fear of water; a manifestation of the disease rabies
an epidemic that spreads through human populations across a large region (for example a continent), or even worldwide
regarding a final cause
Professor H. Bloom
Harold Bloom (born 1930) is a prominent American literary critic.
not actually one of Bloom's concepts
Page 911 (cont'd)
this refers to the indeterminate, unpredictable motion of atoms in an otherwise determinable system - read about it here.
this appears to refer to the curved parallelogram-shaped individual tiles that make up mosaics - read about them here.
this is a Greek word that means "emptiness," and is a term in Christian theology that refers to Jesus relinquishing the form of God by becoming human and dying on a cross - you can read about it here.
the word "daemon" is a variant of two words: "demon," with all of its obvious meanings and connotations among various religions and mythologies, and "daimon," which is a Platonic term that signifies something or someone intermediate between the human and the divine, or sometimes used to mean "genius." "Daemon" is also used to refer to, in computer science, a computer program that runs idly in the background - it is not clear if this was a meaning that would be known to Wallace at the time he wrote Infinite Jest, however.
asceticism; strict self-discipline and control for religious purposes
More Gately History
a suburb about 10 miles north of Boston
breaking and entering
having priapisms, or painful, long lasting erections
the bookie's fee for his services
an electronic device that records the phone numbers of outgoing calls on a particular line
A medication named after its combination of caffeine and ergotamine titrate, the chemical precursor to LSD; used to treat migraine headaches. Read about it here.
actually an antacid -- strange that Wallace would make such an error, so perhaps it's deliberate
a brand name of pepper spray
Page 914 (cont'd)
a pharmacy chain
presumably having something to do with breathing
sealing in plastic
The B.U. punter
a.k.a. Orin Incandenza