It's what, legal in Utah for three people to get married?
Despite being illegal, in Utah today, those living in polygamist families number about 40,000 people(about 1.4 percent of the population). Polygamists are difficult to prosecute because many only seek marriage licenses for their first marriage, while the other marriages are secretly conducted in private ceremonies. Thereafter, secondary wives attempt to be seen in public as single women with children.
the high-muzzle-velocity law firm of Hanover, Fisk
Hand over fist.
Mannlicher-Carcano . . . Jackie and I were dear friends
A Mannlicher-Carcano is a type of rifle. Oswald used one to shoot JFK.
"Jay-Z?" "Well, actually I'm more of a Nas person. As you may know they're in this feud at the moment, that old Queens-versus-Brooklyn thing again, hate to take sides, but---"The World Is Yours," how can anything even compare?
Probably splitting hairs here, but the feud between Jay-Z and Nas didn't become widely known until Jay-Z's "Takeover" was released on his "Blueprint" album, which came out on September 11. Jay-Z did dis some rappers at the Hot 97 Summer Jam 2001 held in late June, but the hardest hit was Nas' friend and Queens resident Prodigy of Mobb Deep, while Nas was only briefly mentioned. You'd probably had to have been close to the inner circles of these rappers to be conversationally aware of the feud which became heated in the months to come. As for "The World is Yours," reference, I agree with the sentiment, and wonder if it was used since Jay-Z sampled it on "Dead Presidents II" from his 1996 debut album.
is she really turning into Elaine
Is she talking about Elaine from the TV show Seinfeld?
More likely worried about turning into her mother, Elaine Tarnow. Oddly enough, Seinfeld, which closed up shop in 1998 but was running damned near every hour of the day in syndication in 2000, does not feature as either a tubal or a New York Jewish reference in the novel. It's all about the Friends.
as Larry Talbot into the Wolf Man
Larry Talbot was the main character of the 1941 film The Wolf Man.