Chapter 17

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Page 297

Hermosa . . . Lighthouse
The Lighthouse is/was a famous jazz club, especially in the 1950s. The bassist Howard Rumsey led the house band The Lighthouse All-Stars.

Page 298

1956 De Soto Firedome Wikipedia

1956 DeSoto 1956 DeSoto Firedome driven by Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) in the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo.

1964 Cobra 289. Photo from Geoff B / Creative Commons

Cobra 289

1963 Morgan.

Morgans from the showroom up in Westwood with hoods held down by leather straps

Page 299

"Drac's a part of the band"
Reference to the 1962 hit single "Monster Mash," recorded originally by Bobby "Boris" Pickett (1938-2007) and the Cryptkickers, and covered by the Beach Boys (1964) and by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band on Tadpoles and in 1968 performed it on the British television series Do Not Adjust Your Set - ("Now everything's cool / Drac's a part of the band / and my monster mash is the hit of the land..."). Have a listen on YouTube...

Page 300

tempt the hand of fate
A line from "Tears on My Pillow," included in the page of songs mentioned in the book. The lyric, in context:

"If we could start anew
I wouldn't hesitate
I'd gladly take you back
And tempt the hand of fate."

Page 301

reading Herbert Marcuse and Chairman Mao
In other words, learning how to be a leftist, neo-Marxist Communist.

Mao Zedong, aka "Chairman Mao" led the Communist Party of China and was the leader of the People’s Republic of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976.
Herbert Marcuse was a philosopher, critical theorist, and member of the neo-Marxist Frankfurt School, which is known for its critique of capitalism. He was popular among student radicals in the 1960s.

Page 310

something about Jan gets a wig
This accurately describes an episode of The Brady Bunch entitled "Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?" The episode first aired on January 15, 1971.

Page 314

Courage, Camille
The same line - set in type the same way, with "Courage" italicized - appears at page 345 of "Against the Day." The reference is discussed in the Against the Day wiki.

Later they went outside
As noted earlier, Pynchon has inserted a day in between Monday, May 4, 1970 and Tuesday, May 5. This day runs from the middle of Chapter 16 to the the end of chapter 17, a total of 34 pages, making it the day with the most pages in the book.

The events of this day are unusual, to say the least:

No reference to time of day is given. As a matter of fact, the one clock mentioned (in the District Attorney's office) is not working.

Doc is given most of the information needed to resolve the mysteries he is working on.

The women Doc encounters during this day act very unusually, in most cases bizarrely.

Finally, a dead President tries to give Doc some advice on how to proceed.

Chapter 1
pp. 1-18
Chapter 2
pp. 19-45
Chapter 3
pp. 46-49
Chapter 4
pp. 50-54
Chapter 5
pp. 55-67
Chapter 6
pp. 68-88
Chapter 7
pp. 89-110
Chapter 8
pp. 111-123
Chapter 9
pp. 124-153
Chapter 10
pp. 154-162
Chapter 11
pp. 163-185
Chapter 12
pp. 186-206
Chapter 13
pp. 207-234
Chapter 14
pp. 235-255
Chapter 15
pp. 256-274
Chapter 16
pp. 275-295
Chapter 17
pp. 296-314
Chapter 18
pp. 315-342
Chapter 19
pp. 343-350
Chapter 20
pp. 351-363
Chapter 21
pp. 364-369
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