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An index for David Foster Wallace's novel Broom Of The System. (It's rough, admittedly.) In addition to page numbers, some entries include paragraph and line spotters, and will follow this notation scheme. There's no rhyme or reason why some entries have line info and others—in fact most—only have page numbers...apologies if this inconsistency is an ass chap. Also annoying will be the fact that some seemingly esoteric entries have multiple citations (viz. Corfu) while certain central characters have almost none (see for instance Lenore Sr. who never actually appears in the narrative but is mentioned far more frequently than the three cited pages). I can offer no better explanation than to say "what can I say," or perhaps "go figure," or even "Hmm. No clue. Sorry." An underscore indicates that I know there should be a citation there but for whatever reason (I'm thinking laziness) I wasn't making notes at that point in my reading. (See dress
for example. It didn't occur to me to note that until long after it was first mentioned.) Although if you're really desperate to find something not mentioned here, there's always Amazon's "Search inside this book" feature, which I use constantly.

Regarding vocabulary. What I've chosen to include and exclude will seem whimsical. It's my page so naturally my whims [clears throat] obtain.


A.C. (see Beadsman, LeVache)

Abbott, Peter (phone repairman). . . 49, 125, 290.7-2, 292, 445

Agnew, Spiro. . . 166

Airport

      Bradley International (Windsor Locks, CT). . . 195, 202

      Cleveland Hopkins (has no RWY 1, fyi). . . 179

Alan (Metafictional char. See Vigorous, Rick, "Love")

Alan (another Alan, non-metafictional, friend of Mindy's). . . 379

Allied, Mr. Nick. . . 101, 277, 293, 444

Alvin (see Spaniard, Alvin)

Amherst College. . . 40-1, 158, 203, 236

     1968 mixer. . . 158, 210

     dorms

          Femur, North, Rumpus, Stone. . . 14, 210, 13, 203 respectively

Anscombe, Elizabeth (see Philosophical Investigations)

Antichrist (see Beadsman, LeVache)

antinomies (paradoxes). . . 31.6+5

Aqua Vitae restaurant. . . 201, 252, 260-1

Auden, W. H.. . . 274-3, 328

Batman. . . 151

Baum, Karen. . . 371

Beadsman, Clarice (see Spaniard, Clarice)

Beadsman, Concarnadine (Lenore Jr's grandmother). . . 37, 41, 94-2, 150-17, 240-1, 362

     roundly hated. . . 74

          by Lenore. . . 371

Beadsman, John (Lenore Jr's brother). . . 63,. 64, 100, 129, 156, 197-2, 202, 243, 281, 371

Beadsman, Lenore Jr (our heroine). . . 263

     appearance. . . 59

     car . . .28, 44, 157-5, 159

     describes "love reversal". . . 287

     double major (philosophy/Spanish). . . 396-6

     downstairs neighbor (see Schwartz, Misty)

     hair. . . 236

     kicking other legs. . . 68+6, 243.4

     literary sense. . . 114.8, 259-7, 307.7, 400

     seeing Rick for 18 mo.. . . 381-3

     showering issues. . . 58+5, 72-2, 271, 279.4, 330

     socks. . . 204

     threw a shoe. . . 20.6, 259+4, 375, 381.6-3

     washes Candy. . . 100

Beadsman, Lenore Sr (Gramma, Lenore Jr's great-grand). . . 29, 154, 463

     hates Levache. . . 201

Beadsman, LeVache (Stonecipher IV, Lenore Jr's brother). . . 40-7, 63, 100, 146, 157, 202-10, 215, 241, 326, 371, 399

     appearance, (satanic). . . 213, 261, 371

     artificial leg. . . 213, 237, 261, 371

     birth/ejection/launch. . . 267

     hates Lenore Sr. . . 201

     hates John. . . 201

     quaaludes. . . 214

Beadsman, Patrice LaVache (Lenore Jr's mother). . . 41, 94-2, 132, 153, 156, 263, 267, 418

Beadsman, Stonecipher II (founded E. Corinth). . . 146, 368

     death. . . 263+10

Beadsman, Stonecipher III (Lenore Jr's father). . . 146, 263, 337.6, 451

     affair with Malig. . . 202, 262-1

     satanic appearance. . . 377-11

Beadsman, Stonecipher IV (see Beadsman, LeVache)

Beatles. . . 211, 235

Beeberling, Mr. . . 386

Beechnut, Erv. . . 148-2, 153

blasted. . . 210-13, 177, 350+10

Blentner, Olaf (see also hygiene anxiety). . . 120-12, 137, 311, 345

Blentnerian (see also Blentner, Olaf). . . 60-6, 341-8

Bloemker. . . 30, 138, 148, 156, 291, 296-2, 328, 362, 445-2

Bloomfield. . . 148, 150, 156

boat shoes . . . 203-5, 347-2, 395.4-1

Bombardini, Norman. . . 47, 81, 149, 292.1-2, 449

Bonwit. . . 212

book (mystery). . . 73, 102-1, 103-7

Bradley Airport (see airport)

Breather, The (aka Mike) (LeVache roommate). . . 213, 236, 238

Brenda ("friend" of Bloemker). . . 139, 367

Brenda (girl with LeVache's leg). . . 242

Brezhnev, Leonid. . . 213+4

bridge (game). . . 256

broom. . . 149.4+4

butter. . . 91-7, 100+2

CabanaTan. . . 68, 161

     tanning accident. . . 268

Cambridge. . . 40, 63, 73

Cat (LaVache rommate). . . 213, 236

cat (feline. see Prietht, Judith)

Cat Stevens. . . 4

cathex (? cathexis?). . . 60-4

Cathy. . . 131

Centerport. . . 231.3

Central Park (NYC). . . 77

Centrex (see phones)

CHA (see Airport, Cleveland Hopkins)

Chagrin Falls. . . 356

Champ (see Prietht, Judith)

Charlotte's Web. . . 173, 275-3

Christianity. . . 281

Chutes & Ladders. . . 160, 246

Circe. . . 373+7

Clarice (see Spaniard, Clarice)

Clarke (see Spaniard). . . ??? (forgot to note the page #, Grrr)

Cleveland Hopkins Airport (see airport)

Clint (see Roxbee-Cox)

coach (see Zandagnio)

Concarnadine (see Beadsman, Concarnadine)

confused (is there a typo in this sentence?). . . 313.2

Converse sneakers. . . 4-9, __

Corfu (aka Kerkira, island off the western coast of Greece). . . 71, 99, 153, 168, 234, 260, 300

Costigan, Mr (see Vigorous, Rick, "Love")

Creamer, Ed. . . 3, 16, 370

crystal case of polite indifference. . . 77

Dad & Lenore Sr (mutual hatred). . . 99

Dailey, Bill (Bob Newhart Show actor). . . 214

Dallas, TX. . . 226

Dallas (TV show). . . 392

Dangler, Doug. . . 13

Darwin, Charles. . . 217

Daughenbaugh, Karen. . . 12.0, 371

Dayton, OH. . . 265

Dean, James. . . 12

Descartes, Rene. . . 148, 247

Desert (re: also Great Ohio Desert). . . 46, 53, 131-5, 143, 327, 390

Dibdin, Janet. . . 210

Diggerance, Biff (real name Bernard Warner). . . 12, 17, 258-3, 410

Djarum. . . 357

Docksiders (see boat shoes)

dress, purple. . . __, 358.1, 379+3, 381.6-4

E-Screech Equivocation (wtf/lol). . . 396-12

East Corinth, OH. . . 31

     looks like Jayne Mansfield. . . 45, 181

educed (deduced). . . 122+14

elseone. . . 239.6

embolism (v. i.). . . 379.11

Enrique's House of Cheese. . . 93, 445-7, 297-6

erection concealment. . . 63

Erieview Tower (see shadow)

Etienne Aigner. . . 359.9

Etvos, Mr.. . . 151

facial contortions. . . 34

Feltner, Mrs.. . . 31

Fieldbinder, Monroe (see Vigorous, Rick, journal). . . 32+1, 123, 128, 163, 299, 308-4, 312, 324, 349, 419

Flange (bar). . . 223

flapped. . . 6.5-2, 239-15, 202-12, 247, 326-8, 422.10

Flintstones. . . 5, 202

Flit gun (insecticide, c. 1930). . . 377

fnoof. . . 114, 197, 257

Foamwhistle, Blanchard (Sigurd's father) . . . 264

     LeVache's father?. . . 264

Foamwhistle, Sigurd (Stonecipher III's secretary). . . 70, 146, 152, 157, 170, 387, 451

Fordham Univ.. . . 75, 78, 407-2

forest. . . 261+5, 235.4-2, 252-10

Fred (see Vigorous, Rick, "Love")

free rein (...is correct. Not reign.). . . 309+4

Frequent Leisure Suit. . . 355

Frequent Review. . . __, 259-1, 309

Frequent, Monroe. . . 64, 171?

Frequent & Vigorous. . . 43, 147, 339, 379

Frick, Veronica (see Vigorous, Rick, "Love")

fulgent. . . 155+11

Fursich, Prof.. . . 215

G.O.D. (see desert)

Gary (Lawrence Welk dancer). . . 95-2

Geach, Peter (see Philosophical Investigations)

Geralamo, Jesus. . . 370-3

Gerber. . . 127, 146, 148, 154, 262, 366

Gere, Richard. . . 12

Gilligan's Isle bar. . . 138, 301, 359, 375.0-8

ginger ale. . . 127-2, 195+4, 68+4

gleet. . . 384-2

Gluskoter, Alan (Mindy Metalman's manager). . . 177, 231

Goggins (Stonecipheco Jars Dept.). . . 146, 158, 387

Golden, Dr Robert. . . 131, 198

goopin'. . . 70-4

Gowdy, Curt. . . 163

Gramma (see Beadsman, Lenore Sr)

Grandmother (see Concarnadine)

Great Ohio Desert (see desert)

Gretchen (see Yingst, Mrs.)

"grinned wryly" (way too many to name of course)

hair (Lenore Jr's v. Lenore Sr's). . . 59&75

hairbrush, tortoise shell. . . 44, 95

Halazone. . . 425

half-brother. . . __ (LeVache & Sigurd? Forgot to note where I saw this.)

Harvard. . . 310

hatred (family, etc). . . 174, 201, 241

Heat (LaVache roommate). . . 213, 236

Hegel. . . 221-1, 247-8

hegira (escape, exodus). . . 224-10

hew. . . 53, 183

hideous. . . 43-2, 47.2, 126, 300-1, 307+4, 349-11, 428-2

Holiday Inn. . . 156

Holiday, Steve (see Holiday Inn, immediately supra)

Howard Johnson. . . 205

Huffman, Prof.. . . 221

Hunt & Peck Publishers. . . 64, 104-1

hygiene anxiety (see also Blentner, Olaf). . . 120-12,. 135-10, 137, 138+4, 204, 311

Industrial Desert Design. . . 53, 234, 328, 411-1

ingenuous (childlike candidness). . . 166.3+9

Investigations (see Philosophical Investigations)

Iran hostage crisis. . . 77

Jay, Dr Curtis. . . 31, 60, 116, 135, 158, 183.2+4, 248-10, 309, 340, 448

     neuroses & phobias. . . 310

     gas mask. . . __,. 327

Jennifer (stewardess). . . 188, 194

journal (see Vigorous, Rick)

Joy, Dr Daniel. . . 197

KAL 007 (01SEP83). . . 77

Kafka. . . 158-7

     parody. . . 308

keened. . . 328-3, 335.10

Keller, Roy. . . 221, 239, 247

Kerkira (see Corfu)

key holder, clay horse. . . 39-7, 96-8

kilroyishly. . . 249-6

Lake Erie (solid). . . 261

Lang, Wang Dang (real name Andrew Sealander Lang). . . 12, 175, 300, 328, 340, 384, 408, 420

     grandmother story. . . 414

     half-brother. . . 412

     ...and Candy. . . 293

LaSalle St (Chicago, IL). . . 129

LaVache, Mrs. (presumably Patrice's mom). . . 154

LaVache, Edmund (presumably Patrice's dad). . . 154

legs (in general). . . 24-9, 176+1, 182-8, 241, 295-12, 303.3

     carving. . . 202-10, 242?, 247-14

Lennon, John. . . 132-4, 250-5

Lenore washes Candy. . . 100

Lindenbaum, Mrs.. . . 311

Lipp, Dick (CEO Consol. Gland Deriv). . . 151

Lot, Mrs. (Lot's Wife, see Metalman, Mindy)

lottery tickets. . . 386-5, 396.1, __

Lundberg. . . 53

Madge. . . 29

Malig, Nancy (Spaniard's babysitter, Lenore Jr's nanny). . . 134+18, 147-7, 161, 202, 251, 262, 371, 40

     affair with Stonecipher III. . . 202, 262-1

Mandible, Candy. . . 47, 220, 272, 292, 338, 355, 374, 444

     ...and Lang. . . 293

     ballet. . . 101-6

     can't keep a secret...at light speed. . . 383.8

     full name (Candice Eunice). . . 357-3

     looks like Mindy. . . 358, 380.16

Mansfield, Jayne (see East Corinth, OH )

Martinez, Bib Bob. . . 125

Mavis (Rick's secretary). . . 308

McMahon, Ed. . . 162-4, 216

McTeague (see Norris, Frank)

Melinda-Sue (see Metalman, Mindy, couple spots down)

membrane. . . 136, 330+3, 336

Metalman, Mindy. . . 3, 12, 175, 210-3, 339, 357, 372, 444, 462, 466

     as Lot's Wife (Gen 19:26). . . 376.3+2

     job as gadget voice. . . 231.1, 380+11

     looks like Candy. . . 358, 380.16

Metalman, Rex. . . 57, 177.6, 210, 228.10

     lawn OCD. . . __, 383, 412.1

mice. . . 132-1, 135, 325.2

Mike (see Breather, The)

Mindy (see Metalman, Mindy, couple spots up)

monadic (single-celled organism?). . . 76.1-2

Monroe?. . . 171

Mooradians. . . 94, 379

Mother (in WI, see Beadsman, Concarnadine)

Mount Holyoke College. . . 3, 63, 158

Muffin. . . 379

multivalence. . . 167+2

Munsters. . . 217

Nelm, Dr Daniel. . . 198, 436

Newhart, Bob. . . 213, 223

Nick (see Allied, Mr. Nick)

Nixon, R. . . 76

nonce. . . 326+11, 342.0-2

Norris, Frank (author). . . 430

     McTeague. . . 430, 440

Norslan. . . 65, 147, 260

Oberlin College. . . 147, 213, 430

Obstat, Neil Jr. . . 148, 151, 157, 202.2, 300, 367, 413, 420, 451

     skull-shaped head. . . __, 413.3+6, 300.1

     Shaker School wedgie. . . 370-4

Obstat, Neil Sr. . . 53

obtain (v.i.). . . 157-16

Old Spice. . . 205

Old Mother West Wind. . . 241, 367

oral surgeon (see Tissaw, Martin)

otiose (lazy, useless, futile). . . 162?

palanquin (enclosed litter carried by men). . . 195-10

Paquita (Gerber's wife). . . 155, 262

Partners With God (PWG). . . 272, 445

Patrice (see Beadsman, Patrice)

Pauline In Peril. . . 393-6

Peahen, Walinda. . . 78, 157, 297.5+1, 307, 355, 374, 391, 451

Peanuts (comic). . . 242+6

Peck, Veronica (Rick's wife). . . 64, 77, 230, 374, 407+8

phones. . . 214

     Centrex. . . 33-1, 123, 355, 360, 391

Philosophical Investigations (see also Wittgenstein). . . 39-1, 244

     Geach & Anscombe translation. . . 244

Physicians Desk Reference. . . 353

pineal gland (see also Yingst, Mr). . . 150-1, 148, 302.9

pithed (spinal cord severed? Vance?). . . 78

Pleshette, Suzanne. . . 213

pomoish. . . 169+2

pray (abbrev. of "pray tell"). . . 229.6+3, 330+14

precious. . . 244.3

Prietht, Judith. . . 48, 125, 273, 292, 338, 354-1, 444

     Champ (cat). . . 445

Proctor. . . 6-1

Pupik (Stonecipheco Lids Dept.). . . 146, 158

purple fist. . . 78

purse. . . 67

Queen Victoria (see Vigorous, Rick, dreams)

querulous (whiny, complains a lot). . . 73.1+6

Raring, Vern. . . 49, 93, 124, 295, 360, 375

Road Runner. . . 352, 354-5, 394-2

Roberts, Oral. . . 173-10

Roxbee-Cox, Clint (Candy's BF, Allied VP). . . 97, 124, 173, 215, 294, 445

rubicund. . . 123.3

Rummage, Karl. . . 35, 148, 168, 366

Salada tea. . . 325.2+4

Salinger, J. D.. . . 104-2

Sancho (Panza) [1]. . . __, 422

Scarry, Richard. . . 166

Scarsdale. . . 6, 57, 58, 64, 78, 175, 210, 226, 373

Schorr, Mrs. (Dr. Jay secretary). . . 348

Schwartz, Misty. . . 48, 68, 161-1, 268, 272, 392

     injured. . . 268, 395

Screen Door of Union. . . 341

scrimshaw (whalebone). . . 58+6

scritch. . . 12.1, 159+6

semiotic. . . __ (lost the page #) (approx 166?)

shadow (Erieview Tower, etc). . . 46, 47, 69.1-2, 72-4, 78, 101, 169, 295, 298, 306+4, 444-4

Shaker Heights. . . 161, 263, 365

Shaker School. . . 3, 147, 202, 370

Shaw, Sue. . . 3, 404, 411

Shorelit. . . 129

skata (feces). . . 234.7

skit, Spaniard family. . . 165

Slotnik (see Vigorous, Rick, "Love")

Sludgeman (tunnels supervisor). . . 126, 453

Snadgener. . . 217

Spaniard, Alvin. . . 71, 157, 159, 445-2

Spaniard, Clarice (Lenore Jr's sister, Alvin's wife). . . 3, 146+13, 156

Spaniard, Spatula (daughter of Alvin & Clarice). . . 159

Spaniard, Stonecipher (son of Alvin & Clarice). . . 159

Spaniard, Ruth Spatula (Alvin's mother). . . 159

Spasova, Kopek (russian gymnast). . . 127, 149, 162, 366, 385

Spasov, Ruble. . . 163

Splittstoesser. . . 6-5

Stilton (see also Enrique's House of Cheese). . . 297-6

Stonecipheco. . . 35, 148

     Baby food label. . . 40+2, 242-1

sublation (negation, denial). . . 239.6+3

Summerville, Prof.. . . 217

Sykes, Rev Hart Lee. . . 273, 293, 382, 445

sympathetic vibration. . . 308.6+4, 373.1-1

Tafts. . . 29, 38+7

telos (an ultimate end). . . 160-10

tennis. . . 71, 151+9, 314

ti symptosis. . . 234+3, 325.1-1

Tissaw, Mrs. (landlady). . . 43, 97, 271

Tissaw, Martin. . . 173, 271-4, 444

Tunnel guys disappear (too). . . 126

Ugolino (see also Vlad the Impaler). . . 390

Vern (see Raring)

Veronica (see Peck, Veronica)

verstehen sie (Ger. "they understand?"). . . 222.2-2

Vigorous, Rick. . . 340, 450, 462, 466

     beret. . . 77, 127, 252-8, 383, 421

     dating Lenore Jr 18 mo.. . . 381-3

     double chinned. . . 126+2, 182.0-6, 303-5

     dreams

          "Bellagio". . . 164, 325

          Lenore & Lang. . . 325

          Queen Victoria. . . 44, 131

     homosexuality?. . . 324+6, 223.3+7

     impotence. . . 72, 74-5, 239-5, 286, 332, 406

     infantile genitalia?. . . 324+7

     journal. . . 32+1, 104 (begins), 123, 158, 170?, 206, 235, 299, 419, 324, 362

     kinky. . . 283, 383

     "Love" story. . . 312, 314-4

     on collegiate fiction. . . 307

     self description. . . 286

     spanking. . . 300.5, 383.8

     vaguely suicidal ruminations. . . 78-1

Vigorous, Vance (Rick's son). . . 58, 75.1, 209, 372, 424

     swimming images. . . 299, 373

Vigorous, Veronica (see Peck, Veronica)

Vlad The Impaler. . . 58, 96, 98, 251, 382, 458

     dosed. . . 304.4

Wacker Dr (Chicago, IL). . . 129

Warshaver. . . 85

Weejun. . . 223

Welk, Lawrence. . . 29, 95-2, 150, 366

Werner, Bernard (see Diggerance, Biff)

Wetzel. . . 129

White Shoulders perfume. . . 358

Wittgenstein (see also Philosophical Investigations). . . 63, 73, 151+5

Wood, Clint. . . 124, 215

Yancy. . . 53

Yingst, Mr. . . 148, 151+6

Yingst, Mrs. Gretchen. . . 33, 95-3, 147, 148, 151, 240, 310

Zandignio, Stenetore (Lang's lacrosse coach). . . 261, 269

Zusatz, Raymond (Gov. Ohio). . . 53, 423-9


[1] Yeah. As if some other Sancho could be implied. ("Sancho Panza?" "No, Sancho Beckenbauer.")


Stone Hall. From what I can gather, of the four dorms mentioned in the book, only Stone is an actual building on the Amherst campus.


Money and Investment Services

Stories That Rick Reads To Lenore

pp24-26. . . leprosy guy

pp105-114. . . kids disease (crying causes epileptic fits) then a string of even worse luck

pp180-194. . . Love addict guy, ugly thermos lady, tree frog

pp312-323. . . "Love" (presumably Lenore read this one to herself) Fieldbinder tells Slotniks that Costigan has been obsessively photographing and drawing their son.

pp423-432. . . thinly veiled "Paralyzed Theoretical Dentist" allegory


Miscellaneous stuff that I thought was cool

"rings being led". . . 37+6

"hips like spun glass". . . 38

"universal dropping dead". . . 52

"half a bubble off plumb". . . 119

"shit on a twig". . . 71, 101, 388, 401-5

an impossible, hilarious gymnastic maneuver. . . 127

"we can practically hear the thud as she falls in love". . . 187+2

"chewed the whiskey out of my ice". . . 233.8-1

"sweet shrieking mother of ______ ". . . 18.6, 197.5

"calves like churns". . . 262-16

"eyes like little anuses". . . 300, (422)

"paying me like the money hurt his hand". . . 303

"What could be simpler". . . 311+9

"dressed to harm". . . 312-8

knee v. elbow skin. . . 371-4


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