Chapter 12

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350/388 -- Semitic, Hamitic

Semitic: of or relating to the Semites, a group of peoples of southwestern Asia chiefly represented now by the Jews and Arabs, but in ancient times by the Babylonians, Assyrians, Aramaeans, Canaanites and Phoenicians.

Hamitic: relating to a group of chiefly northern African peoples that are mostly Muslims and mainly Caucasoid.

355/394 -- Joe Hill

Joe Hill (1879-1915) was a labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (nicknamed "Wobblies").

355/394 -- Westbrook Pegler

An American journalist who vocally opposed labor unions and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal.

356/395 -- Idlewild

John F. Kennedy International Airport was originally known as Idlewild Airport (IATA/FAA: IDL) after the Idlewild Golf Course that it displaced. The airport was renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport on December 24, 1963, one month after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

357/396 -- Hank Snow singing 'It Don't Hurt Any More

Country song released in 1954 and covered by a variety of musicians (Dinah Washington, Bob Dylan and The Band, Johnny Cash, et al). The odd thing here is that Pynchon's quoting the first line of the song, not the title. Snow's title is "I Don't Hurt Anymore." Hank Thompson first covered it as "It Don't Hurt Anymore" in 1957 and Johnny Cash recorded his cover with the same title in 2003 (released in 2010).

360/400 -- Grand Climacteric

A physiological decrease in the reproductive capabilities in people, especially men. It's used here as the male equivalent to menopause.

361/401 -- Elvis Presley, singing Don't Be Cruel

The single was released on 2 July 1956.[1]

Chapter 1
In which Benny Profane, a schlemihl and human yo-yo, gets to an apocheir
Chapter 2
The Whole Sick Crew
Chapter 3
In which Stencil, a quick-change artist, does eight impersonations
Chapter 4
In which Esther gets a nose job
Chapter 5
In which Stencil nearly goes West with an alligator
Chapter 6
In which Profane returns to street level
Chapter 7
She hangs on the western wall
Chapter 8
In which Rachel gets her yo-yo back, Roony sings a song, and Stencil calls on Bloody Chiclitz
Chapter 9
Mondaugen's story
Chapter 10
In which various sets of young people get together
Chapter 11
Confessions of Fausto Maijstral
Chapter 12
In which things are not so amusing
Chapter 13
In which the yo-yo string is revealed as a state of mind
Chapter 14
V. in love
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Epilogue, 1919
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