- Editors: Please keep these annotations SPOILER-FREE by not revealing information from later pages in the novel. And please pay attention to formatting and grammar. Preview your changes before saving them. Thanks!
902 · Don Gately Remembers
- 1 Page 902
- 2 Page 903
- 3 Page 904
- 4 Endnote 364
- 5 Page 904 (cont'd)
- 6 Page 905
- 7 Page 906
- 8 Page 906
- 9 Page 907
- 10 Page 908
- 11 Page 909
- 12 Page 910
- 13 Page 911
- 14 Endnote 366
- 15 Page 911 (cont'd)
- 16 Page 911
- 17 Page 912
- 18 Endnote 367
- 19 Page 913
- 20 Endnote 368
- 21 Page 914
- 22 Endnote 369
- 23 Page 914 (cont'd)
- 24 Page 915
- 25 Page 916
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 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
apparently a real brand
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
Attention Deficit Disorder
German for "hail victory," the reference is to the Nazis.
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.
906 · Hal Wakes Up (Maybe?)
It's unclear how Hal is pronouncing this word, but he likely means Jawohl.
(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
like a swine
point of view
combination of "mano-a-mano" and "tête-à-tête", both essentially meaning one-on-one.
over 110 pounds
a Scottish style hat sometimes with a tassel, feather, or pompon in the center
a brand name of cranberry juice
another name for 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 - 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.
911 · More Gately History
a suburb about 10 miles north of Boston
the bookie's fee for his services
an electronic device that records the phone numbers of outgoing calls on a particular line
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