Archive for June, 2012


June 26, 2012

William Gaddis, The Recognitions, pp. 931:

The Nicotinic acid was the best, wasn’t it, in spite of its evanescent reactions, the tingling, itching, burning of the skin, dizziness, faintness, sensations of warmth… bend over now Gordon… gastric distress, cutaneous flushing, the increased gastro-intestinal motility… ah… mmmp, there we are Gordon. You’ll feel better in no time. It’s due to a vasodilating action.

American Heritage:

1.Dilation of a blood vessel, as by the action of a nerve or drug.


June 18, 2012

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, 377:

but I knew I was going to Centerboro and no further, and kept right on going there, on road and through country now that I knew by heart, raising a large ruche of orange dust behind me […]

Ruche. (wiki)

od. 8.166

June 8, 2012

ξειν’, ου καλον εειπες· ατασθαλω ανδρι εοικας.

ατασθαλω: reckless, careless, ungoverned of consequences.

Stranger you do not speak well. You seem a reckless man

‘Brave’ in The Tempest

June 8, 2012

Act 1: “Oh I have suffered with those I saw suffer! A brave vessel, who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her, dash’d all to pieces. O, the cry did knock against my heart!” [1.2.5-8]; “My brave spirit!” [1.2.206] (Prospero to Ariel); “It carries a brave form” [1.2.414] (Miranda of Ferdinand); the Duke of Milan and his brave son/ the Duke of Milan and his more braver daughter [1.2.439-443] (Ferdinand with Prospero).

Act 2: “You are gentlemen of brave mettle; you would lift the moon out of her sphere, if she would continue in it five weeks without changing.”[2.2.183-185] (Gonzalo of Antonio and Sebastian); “That’s a brave god and bears celestial liquor” [2.2.117] (Caliban of Stephano); “O brave monster! Lead the way” [2.186] (Stephano of Caliban).

Act 3: “Brave monster” to have eyes set in a tail [3.2.11] (Trinculo); “he has brave utensils –for so he calls them– which, whehn he has a house, he’ll deck withal” [3.2.96] (Caliban of Prospero); “Is it so brave a lass?” [3.2.104] (Stephano to Caliban of Miranda); “Ay, lord; she will become thy bed, I warrant, and bring thee forth brave brood” [3.2.106]; “This will prove a brave kingdom to me, where I shall have my music for nothing” [3.2.146]; “Bravely the figure of this harpy has thou performed, my Ariel; a grace it had devouring” [3.3.83-84];

Act 4:

Act 5: “O, wonder! how many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in ‘t!” [5.1.183-186] (Miranda); “Our ship– which, but three glasses since, we gave out split– Is tight and yare and bravely rigg’d as when we first put out to see” [5.1.226] (Boatswain); “Bravely, my diligence. Thou shalt be free” [5.1.243] (Prospero to Ariel); “O Setebos, these be brave spirits indeed!” [5.1.263] (Caliban).

June 2, 2012

etymology “explode“; Paracelsus (1493-1541); Pola and Trieste ;

placket ; Pandora ; apennines / gran sasso; T28; Pain (etym.)