Chapter 13

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Page 207

The vibes around Robbery-Homicide Division this morning
Morning, Tuesday, April 28, 1970.

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Code 7
Meal break.

Swedish pancakes with lingonberries
Possibly a Big Lebowski reference, since lingonberry pancakes are consumed by some of the faux-kidnapper Nihilists in that film.

However, may also just be a reference to Bjornsen's Swedish heritage, those being traditional Swedish foods.

Cielo Drive
Site of the Manson family murders. More here.

endless summer
The Endless Summer is one of the first and most famous surfing films. And let's not forget The Endless/Eternal Summer Surf Shop on the cover of Inherent Vice.

Page 209

Black Dahlia
Elizabeth Short Victim of a famous unsolved murder.

Tom Ince
Major film industry figure On November 19, 1924, Ince died, officially of a heart attack suffered while on a weekend boat trip with William Randolph Hearst aboard Hearst's lavish yacht, the Oneida, while attending a cruise in honor of Ince's 42nd birthday. Since then, rumors have circulated that Hearst murdered Ince in a fit of jealousy. The 2001 film The Cat's Meow was inspired by the murder rumors.

Page 210

Typo for desperate.

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Evelyn Wood
Developed a system for speed reading. More here.

A city in San Bernardino County, roughly 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

Puck's file could be in storage...someplace like Fontana....
Possibly an oblique reference to the 1939 crime novel The Big Sleep. Art Huck's chop shop where Eddie Mars' wife is hiding out is located a mile beyond Realito (Rialto). Fontana is adjacent to Rialto in San Bernadino County.

Page 212

"Chotto, Kenichiro! Dozo, motto panukeiku."
Hey, Ken! Please, more pancakes. (Pannukakku: Finnish Oven Baked Pancake)

man goes around like Prince Charles, like they're going to crown him chief any day
And, of course, it's now nearly 40 years later, and Prince Charles is, as Talking Heads always say, still waiting...

Page 216

Waiting at the office when Doc got back from lunch
afternoon, Tuesday, April 28, 1970.

trillium is a genus of about 40-50 species of perennial herbaceous flowering plants.

Fortnight = Brit. for two weeks, or a pun on 'too weak,' which describes this flower child's penchant for abuse.

Page 217

Usually European music from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, but sometimes used to include the Baroque as well. Wiki. Being involved in the early music scene during the time frame of the novel meant being a member of the classical music avant-garde.

double-quint pommer
Very low voiced, large instrument that could be almost ten feet long.

sopranino shawm
Small instrument voiced higher than soprano that could be around twenty inches long.

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'69 Camaro
a bright red '69 Camaro

Page 219

mug ... intended to keep the mustache of the drinker from getting soaked ... belonged to Marshal Earp
Perhaps only a bizarre coincidence, but a colleague who worked with Pynchon at Boeing in the early '60s, speaking in 1990, described Pynchon as having sported a "kind of Wyatt Earp-type handlebar mustache."

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They drove toward a spectacular desert sunset
Evening, Tuesday, April 28, 1970.

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1962 Bonneville, photo by Jack Snell / Creative Commons

'62 Bonneville
a stolen '62 Bonneville parked in a cul-de-sac off Sunset

"Are you apologizing?" "I don't think so."
Reminiscent of Bigfoot on page 35.

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quien es mas macho

Subject of a Saturday Night Live skit--Season 4, Episode 12 (2/17/79).

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Ernest Tubb, Jim Reeves, and Webb Pierce
aka, old school country music.

John Garfield John Garfield (March 4, 1913 – May 21, 1952) was an American actor. Garfield was especially adept at playing brooding, rebellious, working-class character roles. [1]

Puck and Einar might not be in tonight.
Evening, Tuesday, April 28, 1970.

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Meantime there's the rent coming due and so forth.
Plausible enough, as it's Tuesday, April 28, 1970.

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Wild Bill Hickok's last poker hand
Maybe the most (in)famous hand in poker history. When Hickok was shot dead in 1876, he was playing poker and holding two pair: aces and eights. Since then, that hand has been called "Dead Man's Hand".

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Next thing he knew it seemed to be early afternoon
Afternoon, Wednesday, April 29, 1970.

As it was getting dark, Trillium finally showed up.
Evening, Wednesday, April 29, 1970.

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Dietz & Schwartz, Haunted Heart

In the night,
though we're apart
there's a ghost of you
within my haunted heart . . .
Ghost of you,
my last romance,
lips that laughed,
eyes that danced . . .
Haunted heart
won't let me be
dreams repeat a sweet
but lonely song to me . . .
Dreams are dust,
it's you who must
belong to me . . .
and thrill my haunted heart . . .
Be still, my haunted heart . . .
< instrumental break >
Dreams are dust,
it's you who must
belong to me . . .
and thrill my haunted heart . . .
Be still, my haunted heart . . .

--from the musical production Inside U.S.A. Music by Arthur Schwartz with lyrics by Howard Dietz, 1948

Listen to Renee Fleming.

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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