A Supposedly Fun Thing I'Ll Never Do Again Vocabulary List

aftward

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The Father sets up a kind of folding credence table in the Rainbow Room, the most aftward of the Fantasy Deck lounges, done in salmon and sere yellow with dados of polished bronze.

airlessly

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It's maybe significant that nobody looks like they're feeling oppressed or claustrophobic or bug-eyed at being airlessly hemmed in by the endless crowd we're all part of.

appalachia

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Clogging, Scotch-Irish in origin and the dance of choice in Appalachia, I guess did used to involve actual clogs and boots and slow stomps.

assyrian

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Assyrian National Council in the Fairgrounds' Ethnic Village--a riot of gesturing people in sheets.

automobiled

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His automobiled Timeless and our MTV'd own were different.

bataan

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From the air we'd look like some kind of Bataan March of docile consumption.

berryman

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27 Lewis Hyde, "Alcohol and Poetry: John Berryman and the Booze Talking," American Poetry Review, reprinted in the Pushcart Prize anthology for 1987.

bovinely

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I usually imagine that my fellow tourists are too bovinely self-absorbed to even notice how we're looked at.

burlily

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Although there are always a half-dozen humorless Security guys standing burlily around the Nadir's gangway in port, you never get searched when you reboard.

californian

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Also a native Californian, Tarango's a friend and something of a mentor to Michael Joyce, whom he practices with regularly and addresses as "Grasshopper."

chinatown

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Chinatown did it, but it did it in a historical way, as a type of noir-history.

clothy

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I have felt the full clothy weight of a subtropical sky.

clydesdale

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There are two- and three-year-old Belgian Stallions, Percherons, and the Bud-famous Clydesdales with their bellbottoms of hair.

colombian

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There are blank-eyed Swedes and pockmarked Colombians and cyberpunkish Brits.

cringers

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It is particularly to say that--even without considering recent cringers like Four Rooms or From Dusk to Dawn--D. Lynch is an exponentially better filmmaker than Q. Tarantino.

debused

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We have debused and been herded via megaphone through 21's big glass doors, whereupon two more completely humorless naval ladies handed us each a little plastic card with a number on it.

decocts

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This is, after all, what TV does: it discerns, decocts, and re-presents what it thinks U.S. culture wants to see and hear about itself.

decrepitly

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I don't mean decrepitly old, but I mean like age-50+ people, for whom their own mortality is something more than an abstraction.

deltiology

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Also a deltiology exhibit--card after card, some back from the 1940s, mostly of crops, thunderclouds massing at horizons, flat sweeps of very black land.

essayish

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A certain swanky East-Coast magazine approved of the results of sending me to a plain old simple State Fair last year to do a directionless essayish thing.

fairgoing

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Seas of Fairgoing flesh, all looking, still eating.

foreflank

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"Okay this next heifer, a lot of depth of rib but a little tighter in the foreflank.

forerib

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Depth of forerib.

frictionlessness

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There's a compelling frictionlessness about the local TV reporters, all of whom have short blond hair and vaguely orange makeup.

guatemalan

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7 The whole interview is intercut with commentless footage of big-bellied kids in Guatemalan slums and union organizers lying in the mud with cut throats.

jamaican

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I cannot help imagining us as we appear to them, the impassive Jamaicans and Mexicans, 81 or especially to the non-Aryan preterite crew of the Nadir.

jarry

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Right now it's 1:00 Saturday, 22 July 1995, on the Stadium Court of the Stade Jarry tennis complex in Montreal.

jewishness

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A lot of the people waiting--Caribbeanish clothing notwithstanding--look Jewish to me, and I'm ashamed to catch myself thinking that I can determine Jewishness from people's appearance.

keepable

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The thing to notice is that the real fantasy here isn't that this promise will be kept, but that such a promise is keepable at all.

lambently

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The colors of MTV videos, blue-black and lambently flickered, are the colors of television.

lauderdale

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A lot of people are also reading the Fort Lauderdale Sentinel and staring with subwayish blankness at other people.

marvy

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This is a genius auteur whose vocabulary in person consists of things like "Okey-doke" and "Marvy" and "Terrif" and "Gee."

minow

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I knew it was a "vast wasteland" way before I knew who Newton Minow and Mark Fowler were.

molary

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The giant Gondola Ferris Wheel is only half-assembled, and its seat-draped lower half resembles a hideous molary grin.

nonconnection

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It's not that charges of nonconnection have become untrue but that they've become deeply irrelevant.

overcredulity

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Of overcredulity.

overstiff

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The overstiff quality of his posture suggests either an ultradisciplinarian upbringing or a back brace.

prenominate

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Except of course one problem with the prenominate theory is that there's more than one Us, hence more than one State Fair.

regretless

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He wants this, and he will pay to have it--will pay just to pursue it, let it define him--and will pay with the regretless cheer of a man for whom issues of choice became irrelevant long ago.

roundaboutly

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Hix does, roundaboutly, give most of the background to the dead-author conundrum.

sangamon

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A sign at a gas station we passed on Sangamon Avenue was hand-lettered and said "BLU-BLOCK SUNGLASSES--Like Seen On TV."

spader

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In photos of Lynch as a young man, he looks rather uncannily like James Spader, but he doesn't look like James Spader anymore.

splet

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The sound and cinematography were done by Lynch's cronies Alan Splet and Frederick Elmes.

sweatiest

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I am the sweatiest and most disheveled person in view, I'm afraid.

uncoy

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Finally one time I point up at the glistening phallic ad and ask Joyce whether the ad strikes him as a little heavy, overt, uncoy.

unculpable

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Its social accountability seems sort of like that of designers of military weapons: unculpable right up until they get a little too good at their job.

unsophisticatedly

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And he couldn't have done it if he hadn't been thoroughly, nakedly, unpretentiously, unsophisticatedly himself, a self that communicates primarily itself--an Expressionist.

untelevised

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This article is about Michael Joyce and the untelevised realities of the Tour, not me.

volkswagen

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Pigs are in fact fat, and a lot of these swine are frankly huge--say 1/3 the size of a Volkswagen.

vomity

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The smell is both vomity and excremental, like some hideous digestive disorder on a grand scale.