160.44] Statue of Liberty [...] refuse from one teeming shore: an allusion to the verses inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, from Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colossus” (1883):
the dawn of the world: from
Empedocles’ cosmogony: see 45.6.
162.7] El hedouli [...] el modakheli [...] barake: from the The Perfumed Garden, a sex manual from the 16th century compiled by Umar ibn-Muhammed Nafzawi.
166.30] Role Therapy and the Decision Making Process: unidentified.
167.37] Kidder . . . Hornblower: : prior to its acquisition by GE in 1986, Kidder Peabody was an investment bank with a history dating back to the 1850s [MR]. Gaddis owned stock in Hornblower, Weeks, Noyes & Trask, a Manhattan brokerage firm.
170.36 Selma Krupskaya. See also 583.12 where the first name is Olga. Maybe an (ironic) allusion to W.I. Lenin's wife Nadezhda K. Krupskaya. [AZ]
171.24] hurry up [...] it’s time: cf. the pubkeeper’s refrain in part 2 of Eliot’s The Waste Land.
catching light from nowhere, his lenses went blank: see
Mongst the giants of money [...] the little church so shy, it whispers
I am . . .:
I am the song the Brahmin sings [...] I am the . . .: misquoted from Emerson’s poem “Brahma.”
that painter of his cutting off his ear: see 49.10.
188.5] Chloe: words by Gus Kahn, music by Neil Moret (1927), parodied by Spike Jones in the 1940s.
Jack's Little Green Card: a horse-racing tipsheet popular from
the 1940s through the 1980s. It is also perhaps the source of the
pseudonym Jack Green, author of Fire the Bastards! and a gambling
189.33] Gott-trunkener Mensch: a “God-intoxicated man” is what Novalis called Spinoza (ODQ).
Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens: “With stupidity the gods themselves struggle
in vain”—from Schiller’s Jungfrau von Orleans (3.6)(ODQ).
old Shirley Temple movies, Jack Haley [...] she comes out the other:
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936), directed by Irving Cummings.
191.6] The Charge of the Light Brigade: Tennyson’s famous poem (1854).
The Light Cavalry Overture: from
the 1866 operetta Die leichte Kavallerie by Austrian composer
Franz Suppé (1819-95).
The Peanut Vendor: words
by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Marion Sunshine, music adapted by Moises Simons
from the popular Latin American song “El Mansiero” (1931). Popularized
in this country by Paul Whiteman, Guy Lombardo, and Xavier Cugat and
194.29] a demented Virgil for the amorphous Dante: Virgil leads Dante through the underworld in the latter’s Inferno.