Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Words David Foster Wallace Circled in His Dictionary That Appear in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again



Lost Highway's cast and crew pretty much ignore Lynch's urinating in public, and they ignore it in a relaxed rather than a tense or uncomfortable way, sort of the way you'd ignore a child's alfresco peeing. (147)


The fiber obtained from the husk of a coconut, used chiefly in making rope, matting and as a peat substitute.

The male camera operators, for some reason, tend to wear pith helmets, and the Steadicam operator's pith helmet in particular looks authentic and armed-combat-souvenirish, with a fine mesh of coir all over it for camouflage and a jaunty feather in the band. (178-179)


A group of individuals, created by law or under authority of law, having a continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and liabilities distinct from those of its members.

Evil-ridden though his filmic world is, please notice that reponsibility for evil never in his films devolves easily onto greedy corporations or corrupt politicians or faceless serial kooks. (203)


a small space or inscription below the principal emblem on a coin or medal

...see Lynch's sensibility stamped like an exergue on art cinema's hot young Turks... (165, fn. 12)


of or relating to knowledge, esp. esoteric mystical knowledge

You could call this idea of evil Gnostic, or Taoist, or neo-Hegelian, but it's also Lynchian... (205)


gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree.

There are very few paying customers on the grounds on Saturday, but there are close to a hundred world-class players: big spidery French guys with gelled hair, American kids with peeling noses and Pac-10 sweats, lugubrious Germans, bored-looking Italians. (216)

...1983 Vienna Boys Choir's seminal recording of the medievally lugubrious Tenebrae Factae Sunt. (338)


darling, sweetheart

Mavourneen of the high seas or no, when Petra makes my bed not all the hospital corners are at exactly the same angle. (317)


(music) A Polish folk dance in triple time, usually moderately fast, containing a heavy accent on the third beat and occasionally the second beat.

...plus in Wojtek leading a squad of Slavic busboys in a ceremonial happy-birthday mazurka around Table 64... (347)


A sport played by either two or four players with strung racquets, a 2½" (6.4 cm) ball, and a net approximately 3 feet high on a clay, grass, or cement court.

Except for the serve, power in tennis is a matter not of strength but of timing. (234)

N.b.: There are 117 instances of the word "tennis" in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.

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