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Passed the 100-pages-left (!!!) mark about 6 pages ago. Feeling almost scared to go on; feeling unnerved by Hal’s narration and experiencing the disconnect between himself and others.
And was struck with the thought that maybe the novel is annular as well…that as soon as you finish you begin again in a sort of ellipse.
I’ll be curious to see if that is true.


  • quoin – expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
  • quoin – the keystone of an arch
  • quoin – corner: (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone (Princeton Word Net)

inguinal: of or relating to or near the groin (PWN)

sudoriferous: sweaty or sweating, bearing sweat (wiki)

civety: Civets are small, lithe-bodied, mostly arboreal mammals native to the tropics of Africa and Asia. Civet may also refer to the distinctive musk produced by the animal. (wiki)

cytological: cytology – the branch of biology that studies the structure and function of cells (PWN)

brody: Intentionally spinning in circles and sliding in an automobile (wiki)


  • aging: the organic process of growing older and showing the effects of increasing age
  • agedness: the property characteristic of old age (PWN)

quanta: You can read all about them here.

strigil: a grooming tool used to scrape away dead skin, oil, dirt, etc (wiki)

hulpil: A huipil (from the Nahuatl uipilli, meaning “blouse”`- “dress”) is a form of Maya textile and tunic or blouse worn by indigenous Mayan, Zapotec, and other women in central to southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and western Honduras, in the northern part of Central America. (wiki)

amphetaminic: relating to amphetamine- a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression (PWN)

intubated: intubation- The introduction of a tube into an organ to keep it open, as into the larynx in croup (wiki)

huarache: sandal, pictured below

pleurisy: inflamed membranes around the lungs. (thank you children’s

dextral: Of or pertaining to the right side (wiki)

Liebestod: An aria or duet performed in opera marking the suicide of lovers; a suicide (wiki)
or Liebestod (German, “Love’s Death”) is the title of a song from the opera Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner. It is the final, dramatic song of the opera, as Isolde mourns over the body of Tristan. It opens with the famous lines “Mild und leise” (“fair and gentle”). (wiki also)

guilloche: an architectural decoration formed by two intersecting wavy bands (PWN)

internecine: Mutually destructive; most often applied to warfare; Characterized by struggle within a group, usually applied to an ethnic or familial relationship (wiki)

cachinated: cachinnation– loud convulsive laughter (PWN)

bupkus: bupkis, Yiddish– absolutely nothing; nothing of value, significance, or substance (wiki)

terrazzo: Terrazzo is a faux-marble flooring or countertopping material (wiki)

ommatophoric: having eyes at the ends of stalks (wallacewiki)

synovial inflammation: inflammation of or pertaining to the fluid that lubricates the joints (wallacewiki)

somnolent: drowsy (wallacewiki)

Banfis: a sort of fancy shoe company. Google image “Banfis shoes” for an idea.

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