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'''''clinamen'''''<br />
'''''clinamen'''''<br />
this refers to the indeterminate, unpredictable motion of atoms in an otherwise determinable system - read about it [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinamen here].
an unpredictable swerve; see more [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinamen here]
'''''tessera'''''<br />
'''''tessera'''''<br />
this appears to refer to the curved parallelogram-shaped individual tiles that make up mosaics - read about them [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessera here].
can have several [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessera_(disambiguation) meanings]; it's unclear which (if any) applies here
'''''kenosis'''''<br />
'''''kenosis'''''<br />
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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenosis here].
the emptying of one's will to become receptive to God's will; see more [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenosis here]
'''''daemonization'''''<br />
'''''daemonization'''''<br />
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.
also "demonization;" essentially the repudiation of polytheistic deities by the teachings of monotheistic (or henotheistic) religions; see more [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demonization here]
'''''askesis'''''<br />
'''''askesis'''''<br />
asceticism; strict self-discipline and control for religious purposes
from the Greek for asceticism, characterised by exercise and/or training to develop self-discipline and self-control for religious or meditative purposes
=More Gately History=
=More Gately History=

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Don Gately Remembers

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a nickname

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

outside linebacker
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.

Page 903

"...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

Page 904

a misspelling of Haffenreffer, a Boston brewery

Beverly Middle School

a very long-nosed animal; see a picture here

Erlenmeyer Flasks
Read about them here.T

"...to cyclize OH..."
To cyclize something is to have it form rings. OH is the hydroxy radical.

Endnote 364

Love Boat
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

polyvinyl chloride

48 contigs
48 continguous United States (excludes Alaska and Hawaii)

6 provinces
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

methyl group

mnemonic brown-out
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'

Page 905

skipping school

Attention Deficit Disorder


German for "hail victory," the reference is to the Nazis.

i.e., avail

Water Lou
i.e., Waterloo

Ethan From
see note supra for page 884

Page 906

a famous poem by Irwin Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), American poet

Chaucerian English
You can read an example here.


multiple sclerosis

Lou Gehrig's
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?)

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Page 907

It's unclear how Hal is pronouncing this word, but he likely means Jawohl, German for an emphatic "yes."

Page 908

(bad) French: You know what

a wild party or orgy

Michael Matthew

Shi'ite Moslems
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

Page 909

Guy Williams as Zorro

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)

Page 910

50 kilos
over 110 pounds

a Scottish style hat sometimes with a tassel, feather, or pompon in the center

Ocean Spray
a brand name of cranberry juice

Page 911

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

Peterson's The Cage
"The Cage", a 28-minute surrealistic film from 1947, directed by Sidney Peterson

regarding a final cause

Endnote 366

Professor H. Bloom
Harold Bloom (born 1930) is a prominent American literary critic.

artistic influenza
not actually one of Bloom's concepts

walking around

Page 911 (cont'd)

an unpredictable swerve; see more here

can have several meanings; it's unclear which (if any) applies here

the emptying of one's will to become receptive to God's will; see more here

also "demonization;" essentially the repudiation of polytheistic deities by the teachings of monotheistic (or henotheistic) religions; see more here

from the Greek for asceticism, characterised by exercise and/or training to develop self-discipline and self-control for religious or meditative purposes

More Gately History

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a suburb about 10 miles north of Boston

Page 912

breaking and entering

named beforehand

having priapisms, or painful, long lasting erections

Teddibly Soddy
terribly sorry


the bookie's fee for his services

Endnote 367

Pen Registers
an electronic device that records the phone numbers of outgoing calls on a particular line

Page 913

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.

Endnote 368

actually an antacid -- strange that Wallace would make such an error, so perhaps it's deliberate

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Endnote 369

a brand name of pepper spray

Page 914 (cont'd)

a pharmacy chain

the Virus
i.e., HIV

Page 915

presumably having something to do with breathing

sealing in plastic

Page 916

The B.U. punter
a.k.a. Orin Incandenza

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