Geraldo, I thought you got canceled
Geraldo was a daytime talk show hosted by Geraldo Rivera (1987 to 1998).
Douglas Sirk (April 26, 1897 – January 14, 1987) was a German film director best known for his work in Hollywood melodramas in the 1950s. From WIKI.
Angelika Film Center is a movie theater chain in the United States that features independent and foreign films. It operates theaters in New York City, Texas, and Virginia. Its headquarters are in New York City. From WIKI.
Written on the Wind
Written on the Wind is a 1956 American drama film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone. For more info see WIKI.
Henri Bendel is an American upscale women's specialty store based in New York City that sells fashion accessories, cosmetics and fragrances, gifts and gourmet foods. The company currently operates twenty-nine stores. From WIKI.
"Benji Roll" . . . You never saw the movie?
Several movies (the first in 1974) were made about a fictional dog named Benji.
Gang of Four Vegetarian Combo
The Gang of Four was the name given to a political faction composed of four Chinese Communist Party officials. They came to prominence during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and were subsequently charged with a series of treasonous crimes. The members consisted of Mao Zedong's last wife Jiang Qing, the leading figure of the group, and her close associates Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen. The Gang of Four effectively controlled the power organs of the Communist Party of China through the latter stages of the Cultural Revolution, although it remains unclear which major decisions were made through Mao Zedong and carried out by the Gang, and which were the result of the Gang of Four's own planning. From WIKI.
Favre's name sets up Pynchon's punningly named "Joie de Beavre" strip club on p. 219.
depended on the kindness of stranglers
Blanche DuBois (in the play A Streetcar Named Desire): "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
Wiki says : A paradiddle consists of two single strokes followed by a double stroke, i.e., RLRR or LRLL. When multiple paradiddles are played in succession, the first note always alternates between right and left. Paradiddles are often used to switch hands.
A rounder is a dissolute person, a drunkard
li'l lovebirds' nidito
A comedian known for his one-liners such as "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading." See WIKI for more.
something happened in Vegas that didn't all stay there
The semi-official motto of Las Vegas: "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."
"naturally" or "of course." A word used often in Inherent Vice.