Archive for March, 2015


March 30, 2015

Gudgeon. Brothers Karamazov, book 2, section 8:

“I don’t like falsehood, fathers, I want the truth. But the truth is not to be found in eating gudgeon and that I proclaim aloud!”

Pulp Fiction Notes

March 23, 2015

(Random notes after a recent viewing…)


Vincent is shitting when Ringo and Yolanda hold up the coffee shop.

Vincent is shitting when Butch comes into his apartment (the one Vincent is guarding) to retrieve the watch.

(The watch itself is said to have been concealed in the rectum of Butch’s father’s friend.)

Yolanda says (in a moment of fear during the coffee shop hold-up, when Jules is threatening Ringo’s life) “I need to pee.”

Jules (having returned from the episode of the coffee shop and brief case, when Vincent is discussing his upcoming date with Mia with Paul) says — “I’m gonna piss.”

Vince, at Mia’s, says he’s gonna take a piss.

(Doesn’t Ringo tell Yolanda they’ll “catch them with their pants down”? This is literally the case with Vince. Vince is also “caught with his pants down” with Butch.)

“Through Vince…we see the contemporary world as utterly contingent, transformed, disastrously, in the instant you are not looking.” (wiki)


Esmerelda is Colombian; Fabienne is French; Vincent Vega suggests Italian; Mia (maybe Italian); the Wallace home decorated in African Icons, (“Marsellus” suggests Ancient Rome); Vincent has just returned from a three-year stay in Amsterdam; Mia reports that she will go to Amsterdam on a yearly basis; Butch and Fabienne plan to escape to South East Asian locations; (Marsellus remarks that, even should Butch go to French Indo China, he will find him); (the only way Butch can save himself from Marsellus is by saving Marsellus from white male rapists); Wolf I guess suggests Germany; ethnic tension between Butch (Polish) and Vincent (Italian) which is also a tension about who will and who will not do certain things for Marsellus; Antwan Rockamora (Tony Rocky Horror) is 1/2 black 1/2 Samoan.

The movie begins with Internationals: two British persons discussing other immigrants in America (Vietnamese, Koreans) “If it’s not the gooks it’s the fucking jews.” The movie’s second scene involves an American’s discoveries abroad…

White/ Black

Bonnie apparently African American; Jules and Vincent another clear Black/ White correspondence; Vince doesn’t deal well with Butch, a white polish person to his white Italian person, but Vince enjoyed Amsterdam… The wife of Marsellus is white. Vincent and Jules are black and white; Marsellus and Butch are black and white; Marsellus and Mia are black and white; Jimmie and Bonnie are black and white… Winston, Brett, the drug dealers, Maynard and Zed, and the store robbers, are white. [See also.]

Sequence of Events
(but have to check this)

first, J&V go to get the brief case; second, the bonnie situation & marvin incident; third, the attempted coffee shop heist; fourth, the bar where they see butch; fifth, the night out of mia and Vincent; sixth, the boxing match; seventh, death of Vincent & escape of Butch.


Vince’s car (a Malibu?) has been “fucked with” (keyed), we see him high on heroin driving his car, we see him with Mia seated at a dining table shaped like an automobile, we see him driving his car recklessly into trash cans (outside of the drug dealer’s); Mr. Wolf drives an Acura; the Nova, which has been messed up through gangster activity, is remade with the blankets, quilts of the suburbs; “I’m sorry baby I had to crash that honda,” (Butch crashes Fabienne’s Honda); Zed’s bike; Esmerelda’s taxi…

March 16, 2015

There is no longer a Hardee’s in Red Oak — it closed years ago — just as there is no longer an economy where part-time ­fast-food jobs are remembered as a stop on a journey. But the biscuit ovens at the Hardee’s in Creston, 50 miles east on Highway 34, are still firing up every morning at 5.Anne Hull, POST. [Creston]

March 15, 2015

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Draft of a partial concordance of “A Strange Commonplace” (Gilbert Sorrentino)

March 8, 2015


Suits: Napoleon’s (1.2); woman’s (2.8); powder blue tropical worsted suit (1.7); young black man’s dark suit, suit jacket (1.8); pale blue silk suit (2.11); oxford gray (1.9); “dark suit” (2.16); woman’s gabardine suit (1.10); one button lounge suits (2.24): dirty dark suit (young black man) (1.16); woman’s office clothes, dark suit (2.20); oxford gray shadow stripe suit (1.19); black gabardine suits (2.10); card “suits” (2.7); ill fitting Hugo Boss or Armani suit (1.26); dark gray suit, badly fitting suit (1.26);

Dresses: green dress, dressed slipped up (2.18); skirt (2.8); dress and slip (1.3); white sun dress (1.7); nurse’s white outfit, waitresses pink outfit (2.11); skirt (2.16); purple velvet dress, long flowered skirt (1.10); skirt (2.15); “magical” black dress with gold things (2.23); skirt (1.12); skirt (2.2); black velour with silver stitching (1.14); skirt (1.16); skirt (1.16); black dress with gold threads (1.18); sweaty dirty dress (2.8); flowered skirt (2.10); [not a dress but the flower print motif returns on a housecoat and kitchen floor in (1.20)]; black and silver evening dress that needs cleaning (1.24); [“dressed to look like moms”] (2.25); skirt made of hides and leaves (2.22); purple velvet dress with black silk jacket, black gabardine suit (1.26); black dress, purple velvet dress, little black dress,

Lingerie: (1.1); (1.3); (2.5); white brassiere (1.8); “nothing but her slip” (2.11); half slip, brassiere, panties (2.16); slip (2.2); slip, panties (1.16); underwear off “naked beneath her skirt” (1.16); not wearing underwear but a hat and scarf (1.17); her “best underwear” (1.18); a pink two way stretch girdle (1.20); aluminum crotch of jeans (1.22);

Other Undergarments: (1.1); chemise (1.3); (2.5); white brassiere (1.8); slip, anklettes (2.11); brassiere, half slip,(2.16); slip on and off (2.2); taking them off beforehand (2.9); no underwear but hat and scarf (1.17); “best” (1.18); shared underwear, left stockings and garter, packaged of Hanes briefs (2.10); pink girdle (1.20);

Hats: homburg, fedora (1.1); borsalino, baseball caps (1.7); black watch cap (1.8); homburg (1.9); fedora (2.23); (2.1); homburg (2.19); stained homburg (1.15); “hat and scarf” (1.17); pearl gray homburg (1.19); pearl gray homburg (2.10); pearl gray homburg (1.23)

White shirt/ blouse: gleaming white shirt (1.2); blouse (2.8); “white chemise” (1.3); white sun dress (1.7); starched white shirt (1.8); (1.9); white shirt (2.16); snow white scarf (2.23); dirty shirt (1.16); (2.20); (1.26)

Camel hair coat: [2.19]; “aluminum jeans” : (1.22); Scarf: white silk blue polka dots (1.1), “a silk scarf, snow-white with blue polka dots” (2.23); silk scarf, a Christmas gift (“made in Italy, B.Altman’s, the works”) (2.1); “hat and scarf” (1.17); “hat and scarf” (2.25); (1.25). Green Dress: (1.1). Green skating outfit (2.25). black blouse (2.25). Suede Jacket: (1.5); (2.5); woman’s (1.10). Suede gloves: (1.8). Shorts: (1.10).


Al: husband of Janet (2.16); ex-husband of Dottie (2.9);

Anna: long suffering housewife of Jack, mother of Joey (2.18); ex-wife of Jack mother of Charlie (2.6); mutual friend to Clara and Ray (2.3); is she Anna or Cora? (2.17); Anna, ex-wife and/or girlfriend of deceased, “twin” of Irene (2.26).

Bill: stoner musician, lover of Inez (2.13); former husband of Irene Greenleaf; Bill Greenleaf, salesman of the year at Ray’s firm (2.3); husband of Jenny, lover of Inez (2.5);

Blackie: old man (1.7); real name Pierre: husband to Janet, lover of Maureen, father to Clara (2.1);

Carson: married man interested in coworker (1.2)

Claire: wife of napoleon (1.2); “unsettlingly placid” “beautiful” old friend of Inez (maybe) (2.13); Clara (1.4); Clara, Ray’s wife, Maureen’s mother (2.3); (1.8); two Claires who are dental patients, first of which “Claire Page” (2.15); Clara, daughter of “Blackie” (Pierre) and Janet (2.1); niece of Ray (1.13); wife of Napoleon? (2.2); niece of unnamed old man (1.19); is she Claire or Inez? (2.17)

Charles: (1.8)

“Claudia”: (1.3); fiance of Warren (2.21)

Charlotte: secretary then mistress and then wife of Bill(2.4)

Connie Moran: lawyer (2.3).

Cora: Anna or Cora? (2.25)

Dottie: ex-wife of Al (2.9);

Elaine: friend, rival and near twin of Jenny (2.10)

Estelle: (1.9); Al’s lover, (2.9); in list of women’s names (2.25)

Ferlon Grevette: see Napoleon.

Inez: married to Ralph (2.13); married to Ralph, lover of Bill (2.5); wife and nurse of Dr. Ralph Greenleaf (2.15) “Is she Claire or Inez?” (2.25)

Irene Greenleaf: (2.4); mistress of Jack (husband of Anna) (2.8); ex-wife and/or girlfriend of deceased, double of Anna (1.26).

Ingebretsen: Pastor (2.3)

Jack: unfaithful husband of Anna (wife beater, rapist), father of Joey (“slow”), mistress of Jenny (2.18); “Jack Walsh” Janet’s former boss (2.3); Italian ethnicity, wife of Anna, father of Charlie (“cockeyed”), affair with Irene (2.6); son of Janet, grandson of unnamed (2.21).

Janet: cousin of unnamed woman (1.1); secretary and mistress of Ray (2.3); of “Jack Walsh” (2.3); wife of Al (2.16); wife of Blackie (Pierre), mother of Clara (2.1); daughter of unnamed, mother of Jack, sister of Warren (2.21).

Jenny: mistress of Jack (2.18); old girlfriend of unnamed person in San Fran. (1.5); married to Bill (in San Fran) mistress of Ralph [2.5]; associated with Warren and Poppa (2.20); friend, rival and near twin of Elaine (2.10)

[Forgot Joey]

Katy: a go-between between Ray and Clara (2.3)

Marty: Lover of Inez Greenleaf (2.15).

Maureen: daughter of Ray and Clara (2.3); lover of Blackie (Pierre) (2.1);

Napoleon: (1.2); a “young black man involved in the movie business” (or maybe real estate) married to Clara (1.4); “handsome young black man” in real estate business (1.8); a black man –no mention of age– that looks like a bank manager (2.16); (historical figure mentioned (1.12); Doctor Napoleon — young black man– Ferlon Grevette (2.2); “young black man” in a suit (1.16).

Pierre: [missed some here]; is he Pierre? (2.25)

Ralph: friend of unnamed husband (1.1); married to Inez (2.13); friend of Ray’s (2.3); married to Inez, lover of Jenny (2.5); Ralph Greenleaf, dentist, married to his nurse receptionist Inez, with two kids, (later divorced, marries another nurse) (2.15);

Ray: “dim bulb” brother of Claire (2.13); uncle of Clara (1.4); unfaithful husband of Clara, father of Maureen, with mistress Janet (2.3); old man (1.7); witness to shooting outside diner (or shot himself?) (1.11); uncle of Claire (1.13); brother of Warren father of another Warren (1.15); brother of Warren (2.24); Claire’s husband who her sister married? The brother of Pierre? or of Warren? Are Ray and Pierre and Warren all brothers (2.17).

Red Head: [started at 1.8]; (1.8); (1.9); (2.16); with binder (1.16);

Warren: (1.3); old man (1.7); brother of Ray, son of Ray (1.15); brother of Ray (2.24); associated with Jenny (2.20); fiance of Claudia, brother of Janet, Uncle of Jack, son of unnamed (2.21); Claire’s husband who her sister married? The brother of Pierre? or of Warren? Are Ray and Pierre and Warren all brothers (2.25)

Famous: Meryl Streep (2.8); Groucho Marx (2.13); Rocky Graziano, Tony Zale (2.4); assorted Hollywood actors from the narrator’s youth (1.6); Meryl Streep (1.8); John Cusack (1.12); Irene Dunne (1.13); Mickie & Minnie (2.2); Clark Gable, Gregory Peck (2.19); James Cagney, Jack Carson (1.15); Charlie Parker an other bepop era Jazz figures (2.24); movie stars named (2.8); Freud, Jung, Adler, Ferenczi (2.25); Charlie Parker, Daredevils of the red circle (1.24); Snow white, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, etc. (2.25); Dick Tracy, Daredevils of the Red Circle (1.25); Moon Mullins, Dagwood (1.26).

(mentions of literature, rape, Tarzan, Worchestershire
sauce, New York/ California, Alcohol/ Tobacco, etc.

New York: Gerritsen Avenue (1.1); Nassau country, East Flatbush, Canarsie, Chinatown (2.18); Chelsea/ Williamsburg (1.2); diner in Bay Ridge (1.4); [Papa Joe’s, Our Lady of Perpetual Help] (2.4); Rego Park (2.3) (?); “The Alpine” (Bayridge?) (1.6); Gun Hill Road (1.7); “he should have met her back in New York” (2.5); Brooklyn, Manhattan, [“Parkcrest West” doesn’t seem to be a real NY location]; Coney Island and the Rockaways (1.9); Central Park (2.15); Daily News (1.11); (New York) Times (1.12) [?]; Union City (New Jersey) (2.1); Sunset Park (1.13); “New York Clothes”, Chelsea (2.2); Bronx, Rockefeller Center, Prometheus (1.14); Rockefeller Center, 5th and 6th Avenues, New Jersey (2.19); Sheepshead Bay (1.15); Rockefeller Center, 3 deuces (52nd between 5th and 6th), Father Duffy Square (2.24); “so close to the park” (1.16); Queens, Con Ed, Elmhurst, Coney Island, Scoville’s (2.9); Fritz’s bar and grill/ Papa Joe’s [?] (2.8); eighth street, the Village, (2.10); Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech. (2.21); Bohack’s (*); Rockefeller Center, Broadway, Vanderbilt Avenue, 42nd street (2.25); Rockefeller Center, 165 W. 46th Street, Three Deuces, Father Duffy Square, 49th street (1.24); list of nine NY neighborhoods which includes Sunset Park, Washington Heights, and Bay Ridge (2.25); The Alpine (Bay Ridge) (1.25); The Alpine, Holsten’s, White plains, Washington Heights, Yonkers (2.22); Whitehall street subway station, DeRosa funeral home (de Riso?)(1.26); same funeral home, Budd Lake (there are Budd Lakes both in NJ and CA)(1.26).

California: L.A. (1.2); San Francisco “land of heart’s desire” (2.13); Los Angeles, San Francisco (Baker, Dolores, Post streets, Capwell’s) (1.5); (2.5); Los Angeles (2.2); Marina del Rey (Los Angeles) (2.7); Riverside Drive, Bank Street (2.17); “In California it’s called copulation” (1.26).

Drinks: cheap whiskey (1.1); whiskey, 7 and 7, milk (2.18); white wine (1.2); “just a drink” (2.8); iced tea (1.3); margarita, vodka, whiskey sour (2.4); “was he still a drunk?” (1.5); “too much to drink at the salesman of the year party” (2.3); saloon that was now a mosque/ cheap booze (1.6); brandy stupor (2.12); (1.7); scotch and water, gin (2.5); coffee (2.11); cold beer (1.9); straight whiskey (2.16); (1.10); milk (2.23); “his alcoholism was prelude…” (1.12); coffee (2.1); half-drunk on New Year’s Eve (1.14); (2.19); (2.24); estelle and the con ed man (2.9); (1.17); tumblers of straight blended whiskey (2.20); Wilsons whiskey; J.W. Dant, draft beer, pink gin (2.10); bourbon, bourbon and water (2.7); “probably drunk, but she may be dead”, a quart cardboard container of beer (1.20); “stopped drinking the way she’d been drinking”, California Cabernet, Hennessey V.S.O.P, Rum baba, strong coffee (2.21); smell of whiskey (1.23); majorska vodka (Ok! soft drink) (1.22); “the fathers would sit with their beer and their whiskey” (2.25); Fleischmann’s (whiskey) and beer chaser, “Tarzan’s World” (2.22);

Cigarettes: chesterfields (2.18); Gitanes (1.2); “smoker of marijuana, hashish […]” (2.13); “can you, she said, lighting a cigarette, get a goddammed ash tray…” (2.4); (2.5); “smoking two fat joints of hash” (2.16); major theme of this chapter (2.2); unopened pack of Lucky Strikes (1.15); “You smoke like a fucking chimney” (2.24); (2.9); (2.20); Phillip Morris, Lucky Strikes (2.8); (2.10); (1.20); (1.21); (2.25); stopped smoking a month ago (2.25); Wings (1.24); Camels, Luckies, Chesterfields (2.25); (2.22).

Rape: (2.18); falsely alleged (2.13); and sodomy (2.11); and sodomy (2.16); attempted (dentist and patient) (2.15); and incest (1.13); mickey (1.17); maybe (2.25).

Pregnancy: (2.13); (1.4); (1.13); miscarried (1.15).

Family of three: (1.1); (2.18); (1.3); (2.3); (1.6); (2.12); (2.5); (1.8); (1.9); (2.23); (2.1); (1.13); (1.15); (2.9); (1.18); (2.8); (1.21); (2.21); (1.23); suggested (2.25); suggested (1.25); (2.22).

Bomba / Tarzan: (1.3); (1.5); (1.6); (1.8); (2.8); (1.22); among other named movie figures (2.25).

Writer: memoirist (1.2); (2.12); “his book” (1.8); gesturing with a ballpoint pen (2.11); (1.12); memoirist (2.2); redhead with black spring binder crammed with tattered pages (1.16); “writer bastard” (1.17); (2.10); (books) (1.21); (books) (2.21); (1.25); (2.22).

Letter/ note: (1.1);(1.3); (2.3); thinks about it (2.9); to grandpa (1.21).

Literary: Freud, Interpretation of Dreams (2.8; (1.3); Marlowe, Doctor Faustus (1.4); “any book that was not what he considered serious” (1.5); carrying “a Great Book through the Mean Streets” (2.12); Pierre (1.8); The Sacred Fount (1.10); unspoken fantasies of the Pulitzer (1.12); Helen and Paris (1.13); Saroyan (1.14); Jung (2.19); “crudely literary” (2.24); Ulysses, Sacred Fount, Pierre, Confidence Man, The Plumed Serpent, Lorca …(2.10); Land of Heart’s Desire (2.13); Hardy’s collected poems and the The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (Janet), Ficciones (Warren), In Cold Blood (Claudia) (2.21).

Worcestershire / Ketchup: Worcestershire (1.1); ketchup (2.11); Worcestershire and ketchup (2.23); Worcestershire (1.18); Worcestershire with what looks like a blood stain (1.20); (1.23).



Borsalino: (1.7). Homburg: (1.1); (1.9); & “Adam hat” (2.19); stained (1.15); (1.19); (2.10); (1.23). Fedora: (1.1), (2.23). Watch cap: (1.8) (this is the same information, differently presented, as is in the ‘hats’ entry above.)

Contamination and recycling

March 6, 2015

Looked into this recently, having gotten the idea I was doing it wrong (recycling). I am now not confident I am doing it right, maybe throwing away more than I was before, and more than I should, but I am giving this whole thing a more thorough review.

contamination and recycling: (*) (*) (*) no used tissues or paper towels, no pizza boxes, no frozen food boxes… a lot more poses a problem than I’d thought.

With glass recycling, food does not seem to be a contamination risk. (*,*) [more]

“Relatively Abstract”

March 1, 2015

I thought this was an interesting point made by Piketty, that so many people not only are without wealth themselves, but have so little exposure to anyone who is, it makes of wealth something other-worldly and mysterious. One could imagine that this is why various conspiracy theories involving wealth and the wealthy arise. (Capital in the Twenty-first Century, Thomas Picketty, trans. Arthur Goldhammer, pp.259.:)

“For this half of the population, the very notions of wealth and capital are relatively abstract. For millions of people, ‘wealth’ amounts to little more than a few weeks’ wages in a checking account or low-interest savings account, a car, and a few pieces of furniture. The inescapable reality is this: wealth is so concentrated that a large segment of society is virtually unaware of its existence, so that some people imagine that it belongs to surreal or mysterious entities. That is why it is so essential to study capital and its distribution in a methodical, systematic way.”