- Please keep these annotations SPOILER-FREE by not revealing information from later pages in the novel.
Page numbers refer to editions with 369 pages, where the story begins on page 1. Not sure if there are other editions with variant pagination. Please let us know otherwise.
indict a bean burrito
An amusing local twist on the common adage, which virtually every lawyer probably learned in law school, that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to "indict a ham sandwich."
Midnight, pitch dark . . . blind cannonball
That's quite a metaphorical excursion!
the playoffs, even though it was Eastern Division
The fifth game of the NBA finals was played in New York Monday, May 4, 1970. The Knicks won 107-100 over the Lakers.
it was time for the eleven-o'clock news..."Give it a rest Bugliosi"
11:00 P.M., Monday, May 4, 1970. Given that this is the day of the killings at Kent State, it seems odd that the late news would be taken up by the Manson case.
A promo came on for the late movie
Late night, Monday, May 4, 1970.
Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster
Godzilla film released in the USA in 1965 with the name of the titular monster slightly altered from Ghidorah to Ghidrah. Later re-releases of the film have corrected the spelling.
1953 film starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Believe it or not, the similarities of this film's ending, reporter saying goodbye to a princess he's romantically involved with at one of her public events, with "Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster" are so striking that a real connection seems plausible. Pynchon isn't the only one to have noticed the parallels: DVD Savant and IGN.
Next day was as they say another day
Oh, it's another day all right. Pynchon has inserted a day in between Monday, May 4, 1970 and Tuesday, May 5. This day continues until the end of chapter 17, a total of 34 pages, making it the day with the most pages in the book.
The phrase perhaps echoes "Tomorrow is another day," from page 18.
The events of this day are unusual, to say the least. See later annotation, for those who don't mind a spoiler.
Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme
One of Charles Manson's devotees, not charged in the Tate murders, but later jailed for coming at President Gerald Ford with a loaded gun. Coincidentally, she was paroled after 30 years in jail, the very week Inherent Vice was released...
Someone with a better grasp of idiomatic Spanish can correct this, but:
"Huevon" is a vulgar slang insult, implying that that the subject is lazy and stupid. The "cito" is a dimunitive suffix. I suppose an English translation might be "little lazy asshole" or something along those lines.
Jefferson also makes a brief appearance on page 395 of Mason & Dixon. The transcription of TJ's language (like "traffick in Enslavement") echoes the faux-vérité 18th-century style of Mason and Dixon too.
the tree of liberty . . .
This quote is from a 1787 letter Jefferson wrote to W. S. Smith.