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Chapter 30

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Page 328

Robert Moses spinning in his grave
See p. 241.

Page 329

An appoggiatura is an embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic note or tone and usually written as a note of smaller size. It often creates a brief dissonance prior to its resolution to the melody's key. [1]

drop the hook
Drop anchor.

The Port of Authority
Now more commonly know as the Port Authority, The Port of New York Authority was established in 1921.

"ARTICLE III There is hereby created "The Port of New York Authority" (for brevity hereinafter referred to as the "Port Authority"), which shall be a body corporate and politic, having the powers and jurisdiction hereinafter enumerated..." [2]

Pynchon's usage is old school.

Page 330

Za shastye
For happiness, good luck, fortune, etc.


Hidden track
Another roll-over from the 90s. Sort of the DVD equivalent of the dark web.

Page 331

even larger question about to lift its trunk
ie the elephant in the room

Page 332

her backpack ... does seem to run to Himalayan-expedition scale
Pynchon also uses this trope of containers larger on the inside than the outside suggests in Mason & Dixon at page 354

Music track? Frank Sinatra..."Time After Time," beginning the phrase "in the evening when the day is through,".
Indeed, a most poignant lounge music song. Hear Sinatra sing it. The lyrics in question come around early, at the 0:41 mark.

Page 333

A heavy metal band from Brazil.

Burzum and Mayhem
Both real bands.

among widely reported Ambien hallucinations being numbers of small people busy running around doing a variety of household tasks
These little people are recapped on page 346. Psychobotanist Terrence McKenna postulated the existence of "machine elves" seen while under the influence of DMT:

Terence McKenna advocated the exploration of altered states of mind via the ingestion of naturally occurring psychedelic substances. For example, and in particular, as facilitated by the ingestion of high doses of psychedelic mushrooms, and DMT, which he believed was the apotheosis of the psychedelic experience. He spoke of meeting entities he described as "jeweled, self-dribbling basketballs" or "self-transforming machine elves" which one can encounter in those states. [3]

Page 335

no more fictional reading assignments
Reminds me of Uncle Ives in Mason & Dixon who thinks fiction is immoral: "I cannot I say, energetically enough insist upon the danger of reading these storybooks,— in particular those known as 'Novel.' . . . these irresponsible narratives, that will not distinguish between fact and fancy" (350-51).

relo stories
relocation stories. See p. 332

Chapter 1
pp. 1-7
Chapter 2
pp. 8-19
Chapter 3
pp. 20-29
Chapter 4
pp. 30-40
Chapter 5
pp. 41-52
Chapter 6
pp. 53-67
Chapter 7
pp. 68-79
Chapter 8
pp. 80-86
Chapter 9
pp. 87-95
Chapter 10
pp. 96-111
Chapter 11
pp. 112-120
Chapter 12
pp. 121-133
Chapter 13
pp. 134-144
Chapter 14
pp. 145-159
Chapter 15
pp. 160-171
Chapter 16
pp. 172-184
Chapter 17
pp. 185-197
Chapter 18
pp. 198-210
Chapter 19
pp. 211-218
Chapter 20
pp. 219-229
Chapter 21
pp. 230-238
Chapter 22
pp. 239-246
Chapter 23
pp. 247-255
Chapter 24
pp. 256-264
Chapter 25
pp. 265-273
Chapter 26
pp. 274-287
Chapter 27
pp. 288-300
Chapter 28
pp. 301-313
Chapter 29
pp. 314-326
Chapter 30
pp. 327-337
Chapter 31
pp. 338-346
Chapter 32
pp. 347-353
Chapter 33
pp. 354-364
Chapter 34
pp. 365-382
Chapter 35
pp. 383-394
Chapter 36
pp. 395-407
Chapter 37
pp. 408-422
Chapter 38
pp. 423-438
Chapter 39
pp. 439-447
Chapter 40
pp. 448-462
Chapter 41
pp. 463-477
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