Pages 532-536

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Page 534

Cuddles Sakall
534.20 S.Z. ("Cuddles") Sakall

The actor who played the headwaiter at Rick's café in Casablanca.

Cleopatra in Freaks
534.11 Freaks

In the film’s unnerving conclusion, the freaks do not merely beat up Cleopatra, as described by Weisenburger, but chant "One of us!" as they transform her into a human chicken! The final image is one that is still omitted from some prints even after the film was re-released following decades of censorship.

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535.17 the element of Greed must be worked into the plot
Possibly a reference to Greed, the mutilated film masterpiece directed by Eric von Stroheim in 1924. An adaptation of Frank Norris’ McTeague, von Stroheim's film originally ran for 10 hours. At the insistence of MGM producer Irving Thalberg, von Stroheim cut it back to four hours but that too was finally cut by the studio again. The remaining footage was destroyed.

535.26 It is a message, in code
Related to how all of Pynchon's novels can be interpreted as (big) coded messages from the author.

This "reading into" or seeing hidden messages in complex or confusing narratives strikes me, at least, as a major influence of drugs on this period of Pynchon's writing. The tripper tends to interpret whatever he sees around him as deeply important, bursting with meaning... coded or hidden messages... Bleakhaus 21:56, 12 June 2007 (PDT)

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536.16 a cork board... An introduction to Modern Herero, corporate histories
Probably the strongest clue in identifying Osbie Feel as some kind of representation of Pynchon himself. The author must have written Gravity's Rainbow with the aid of such books, notes and clutter.

Quite likely. Check out this thread from a mid-90s Pynchon List discussion on this topic...

Pynchon's editor for GR was Corlies "Cork" Smith.

Beyond the Zero

3-7, 7-16, 17-19, 20-29, 29-37, 37-42, 42-47, 47-53, 53-60, 60-71, 71-72, 72-83, 83-92, 92-113, 114-120, 120-136, 136-144, 145-154, 154-167, 167-174, 174-177

Un Perm' au Casino Herman Goering

181-189, 189-205, 205-226, 226-236, 236-244, 244-249, 249-269, 269-278

In the Zone

279-295, 295-314, 314-329, 329-336, 336-359, 359-371, 371-383, 383-390, 390-392, 392-397, 397-433, 433-447, 448-456, 457-468, 468-472, 473-482, 482-488, 488-491, 492-505, 505-518, 518-525, 525-532, 532-536, 537-548, 549-557, 557-563, 563-566, 567-577, 577-580, 580-591, 591-610, 610-616

The Counterforce

617-626, 626-640, 640-655, 656-663, 663-673, 674-700, 700-706, 706-717, 717-724, 724-733, 733-735, 735-760

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