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Steve's Infinite Jest Utilities Page

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Last modified 22NOV12

Nothing magical about this page. Just a couple of things readers of Infinite Jest may find useful. (All pagination mentioned here holds for the hardcover and paperback editions.)

1. Chapter Thumbnails. Infinite Jest's chapters, such as they are, are typically separated by a quadruple space. Knowing the jist of each chapter, I found, makes it easy to hop around and reread relevant passages; these notes were, for me, VERY helpful in keeping track of a notoriously (and gloriously) non-linear narrative. NOTE: I scribbled these thoughts on a note pad as I read the book, and they were intended to make things easier for *moi*. Will they work for you? Who knows. Different readers invariably cull different relevancies from identical text; these snippets may seem utile (thus the title of this page) or ludicrous. Likely both.

Chris Swingley has formatted the thumbnails to a two-sided bookmark: pdf format.

2. Endnote Tag Finder. Here are the main text page, paragraph and line locations of the 388 Infinite Jest endnote tags. (For those who peruse the endnotes with the same vigor as they do the narrative.)

3. Some of the endnotes have end- and footnotes of their own.

4. Concavity Map. (click to enlarge)

I was pretty sure Greg Carlisle had something like this somewhere in his excellent guide to Infinite Jest, Elegant Complexity (I can't recommend Carlisle's book enough) but sans index and after lots of flipping, I guess not. Anyway, I drew the lines with info from Infinite Jest on pages 93, 403 and 438. Page 93 states that Rome, NNY (new New York), Glens Falls, NNY, and Beverly, MA are all "border metropolises." On page 403 "historic and now hideously befouled Ticonderoga, NY" (not NNY, notice) is mentioned as being located at the "near-right-angle" of the concavity. On page 438, large concavity walls are described as being located "south of what used to be Syracuse, Concord, NH and Salem, MA." What remains unclear to me is to what the appellative N of the "new" states refers. At first I thought all the "new" states were newly Canadian, but the fact that Glens Falls, NNY is about 60 km south of Ticonderoga, NY smothers that hypothesis in its sleep.


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DFW RELATED LINKS

1. . Infinite Jest Online Index. My second time through Infinte Jest I was planning to index the sucker, but Tim Ware beat me to it. (Thank GOD!)

2. http://www.smallbytes.net/~bobkat/jesterlist.html. Bob Wake's Infinte Jest Page. After finishing "Infinite Jest" I clamored for anything by and about DFW. Bob's page is the motherlode for DFW reviews, interviews and writings. (This is not an exaggeration. Almost everything that has been written about Wallace and/or his writing is available here, not to mention four or five jacket photos.)

3. http://www.thehowlingfantods.com/dfw/. The HOWLING FANTODS. Nick Maniatis' superb page for the latest DFW related info. Of particular interest: Nick posts immediately when a new Wallace article is published or rumored to be.

4. Table of Contents for Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.
(version with notes/spoilers | version without notes/spoilers)

5. http://spitecast.com/wiki/index.php/Infinite_Jest. Infinite Jest Concordance Wiki. [That link is dead. I think—think, mind you—the following link is the same thing with a new URL: http://infinitejest.wallacewiki.com/david-foster-wallace/index.php?title=Main_Page] When the guy who did this page was doing this page (can't remember the name, sorry!), he emailed and politely asked if he could use my chapter thumbnails. I said sure. He explained what he was doing at the time but I evidently was not paying attention because I had no clue this sort of page-by-page, very cool, IJ companion would be the result! Thankfully he edited the thumbnails for simplicity, accuracy, and of course taste. (I mean, let's be honest, I was 10 years younger when I wrote them, did not consider myself a capital R reader yet, and occasionally wince when I read some of those descriptions. I don't change them now because it's been 10 years, I haven't done a reread, and I'm deferring to the person who had just finished reading the thing, much as I might disagree with his style choices. Which of course is just a big ol' cop out.) :-)


June 1988 AN OLD PHOTO



5/3/2001. Just found this. It's from Playboy, June 1988, bottom of page 3. "Late Night" was, by a very long shot (ten years: I read IJ in '98) the first Wallace story I read, and I must have read the author's name at the time since I liked the story quite a bit, but the name didn't stick. I didn't make any connection until, upon completion of Infinite Jest and A Supposedly Fun Thing and Broom Of The System, I was perusing Girl With Curious Hair in Barnes & Noble. I offhandedly had begun reading the story titled "My Appearance"...recognition of the first sentence was instantaneous, as was a clear memory of Nick Backes' unforgettable illustration of Letterman leaning forward--almost over his desk--toward a poised but chary blond actress. I think I said, more loudly than was probably appropriate for the location: "I'LL BE DAMNED!"




CHAPTER THUMBNAILS

Not that it isn't obvious, but a chapter is identified here by the page on which it begins.

Also, certain sections of the book feature a special character at the beginning [The drop-shadowed circle, about 5 mm in diameter, pictured, sorta, above. Zapf Dingbats, lowercase m, for those interested in such things.] the significance of which I've yet to discern. (Perhaps these glyphs signify a new chapter?) In any event, these sections are indicated with an asterisk. (Note: Greg Carlisle's book Elegant Complexity explains the whole chapter/section thing nicely;.)

3* · Admissions Interview
10 · Hal eats mold
11 · Admissions Interview, cont.
13 · Hal on restroom floor
15 · So yo then man what's your story?
17* · Erdedy pot debauch: (Where's the woman who said she'd come?)
27* · Dad: Professional Conversationalist
32* · Orin's phone call rouses Mario
33* · Medical Attache & mystery TP cartridge
37 · Wardine, Roy Tony, and Reginald. Ebonics.
38 · Mildred Bonk & Bruce Green
39* · Hal & Mario talk God & don't sleep
42 · Orin wakes. Slowly.; Medical Attache update #1
49* · ETA Physical Plant/Pump Room/ Hal's Secrecy
54 · Medical Attache update #2
55 · Don Gately: Botched DuPlessis Burglary
60 · InterLace, 932/1864 R.I.S.C. Power TPs...
60 · Troeltsch's rapid onset rhinovirus
61 · Evil in the dorm room with you
63* · Dad bio Mom, CT info
    Endnote: (#24) James' Filmography
65 · Orin hang-glides into Mile High Stadium
66* · Pemulis' pharmocology seminar
67 · Football field-sized tennis court dream
68* · Kate Gompert, in hospital
78 · Medical Attache catatonic
79 · Gerhardt Schtitt & Mario walk and talk
85 · Tiny Ewell's cab ride
87 · Medical Attache update #3
87* · Marathe and Steeply: "You have ridiculous tits..."
93 · "It's a herd of feral hamsters."
93 · Marathe and Steeply in the desert, pt. 2
95 · Pop quiz in the shower room
97 · Marathe & Steeply, silent at dusk
97 · Exhausted in the ETA shower room
105 · Marathe and Steeply debate Helen of Troy
109 · ETA Big Buddy Meetings
121 · USS Millicent Kent seduces Mario!
126 · Marathe and Steeply: Anti Entertainment
127 · "Your murated nation."
127* · Lyle, the sweat licking guru
128 · Wo dranos C; Poor Tony wants the stole
135* · Orin calls Hal: he's very hot.
137 · Ennet House & its anonymous founder
138 · Absurd Workmen's Comp claim
140 · Hal's term paper, reprinted
142 · Steeply's "Artifical Heart Purse Snatch" piece.
144 · Table: Separatist/Anti-ONAN terrorist groups
144 · The Rise and Fall of Videophony
151* · Buying Urinalysis/Hal & Pemulis bio
157* · James Sr. lectures James (age 10); Ruined Knees
169 · Pemulis scores DMZ from town
172 · Hal: "How To Be A Feral Tennis Prodigy"
176 · Montesian's Ennet House transcripts
181* · Madame Psychosis
193 · Ennet Complex (EMPHH) layout
198 · Weight Room, ETA
200 · "...many exotic new facts..."; Tiny's tattoo jones
211 · The Incredibly Potent DMZ
219* · Joelle VD ponders demapping herself @ Molly Notkin's party...
223 · SUBSIDIZED TIME PRIMER
223 · ...Joelle VD continues her contemplation...
227 · H.P. Steeply: Curriculum Vitae
227 · ...Joelle VD finishes the job.
240* · Enfield, MA, and environs
242 · Hal relates James' suicide to Orin
258* · Port Washington tournament
270 · Geoffrey Day & Gately at Ennis
281 · Bus ride back from Port Washington
283* · Orin: Punting, Joelle: Filming
299 · Poor Tony withdraws and crashes spectacularly
306* · Prorected Syllabus; Troeltsch's play-by-play; Mirrors across I-87
    Endnote: (#110) Hal & Orin discuss Quebec (Still separatist? Or Anti-ONAN?)
312 · "Every Inch Of Mario Incandenza"
317 · Marathe and Steeply: Children & Freedom
321* · ESCHATON!
343 · Real dependence/Boston AAs (longest chapter)
367 · Statue Of Liberty snippet
367 · Boston AAs cont./the abused invertebrate sister
375 · Marathe unsure of Steeply
375 · Himself visits Lyle
    Endnote (#145): Found Drama
376 · Why Deny The Marcescent Child?
379 · Himself & Lyle, libating
380* · ETA Gala: "ONANTiad of Mario"
386 · ETA Gala/Lyle/Reconfig Headlines
394 · Lyle: Levitating chair story
395 · James O.'s Films: Medusa & Odialisque/Eyeball/The Joke
398 · More ONANtiad/Clipperton
410 · Hal's Paper: Broadcast Networks & Advertising fold, InterLace Emerges
418 · Marathe & Steeply: Freedom to choose?
430 · Clipperton suicide
434 · Gately & Stavros janitize Shattuck
436 · Cyanide Quik/Subsidized time cabinet mtg.
442* · AA: Gately & God, Mom, & memories
449 · Hal's tooth dream/Mario misses Joelle
450 · ETA: AM Drills/Schtitt's Lecture
461 · Gately shops, cooks, drives Pat's Aventura
470 · Marathe & Steeply: P-terminals
475 · Gately cruises; AFR skewer & spike Lucien & Bertraund, respectively, though not in that order. [And if you finish this section and make it to p. 489, you're precisely halfway.]
489* · Marathe & Steeply: Haven't you been tempted?
491 · James' Father's Bedframe's Collapse (aka Chapter 16 of "The Awakening Of My Interest In Annular Systems")
503 · NA mtg: The Roy Tony & Erdedy hugging set-to.
507 · Marathe & Steeply: We've lost some people...
508 · Eschaton reprisals/In CT's Waiting Room
528 · Marathe & Steeply: Dawn, Odalisque de St Therese
531 · Gately & Joelle: So What's Behind The Veil?
538* · Randy Lenz "Resolves" Rats & Cats
548 · Tine's Ruler / Dissemination Point
550 · The Moms & John Wayne dot dot dot
553 · Lenz & Bruce Green walk. Lenz Talks.
560 · Wayne Pokes His Head In
560 · Lenz continues...
563 · Gately's Informal Moments' Snippets
565 · Orin Xs the Swiss Handmodel
    Endnote: (#234) Steeply Interviews Orin
567 · Pemulis Lectures Arslanian in the tunnel
574 · Orin: Handmodel leaves, wheelchairs return.
575 · Bruce Green's Folks' Deaths. Lenz slashes dog
589 · Mario feels no pain, wanders down to Ennet
593 · Life on Ennet Staff: Picayune & unpleasant
596 · Orin, w/ Swiss subject, is questioned by handicapped surveyor
601 · Gately is shot
620* · AFR kidnaps WYYY engineer @ Duck Pond draining
627 · Stice almost beats Hal; Rapacious eating at ETA
638 · Marathe & Steeply: Steeply's Dad ODs on M*A*S*H
648 · G Day to Kate G: "billowing black sail of hell"
651 · Hal v. Stice on court; Steeply v. deLint in bleachers
663 · Marlon Bain on Orin Incandenza
    Endnote: (#269) Steeply interviews Orin.
666 · Tunnel Club finds something maggot-infested
673 · Steeply, deLint & Poutrincourt watch Hal v. Stice
682 · Matty Pemulis sodomized by his Da
686 · "Abandoning All Hope" / Hal views entertainments
689 · Poor Tony Krause heads for Antitoi's
692 · Lenz' frightful hog
692 · Hal is lonely; Kate G and her Lionel Train friend
698 · Kate G & Ruth vC walk, stalked by Poor Tony
700 · Troeltsch sets up for play by play
700 · Pemulis moves ceiling tile
700 · Lyle hovers
701 · Schtitt & Mario in sidecar
701 · Avril phones Steeply
701 · Friends join Hal to view "Blood Sister" / The peanut butter-n-biscuits story NA-splinter CA guy
711 · "Blood Sister" run-through
714 · Poor Tony robs Kate & Ruth
716 · Lenz stalks two Chinese women
719 · AFR: "Two ways of going..."
719 · Ruth chases Poor Tony. Well.
721 · AFR finds entertainment at Antitoi's
723 · Fourtier sacrifices w/ wheelchair despite alternatives
723 · Joelle dreams of Gately as dentist
724 · AFR conducts interviews, testing motivation range digitally
728 · Lenz robs Chinese women
729 · Marathe enters Ennet "clued" by halitotic man
    Endnote: (#304) Le Jeu du Prochain Train
736 · Joelle cleans room, remembers 1st Thanksgiving w/ Incandenzas
747 · Marathe checks into Ennet w/ Pat M.
751 · Joelle finishes cleaning Ennet room
752 · Marathe & Pat talk, Johnette pokes her head in
755 · Mario films, while walking, Chu; Moms' talk
769 · Mario & Hal discuss liars
774 · Marathe & Kate G get flapped
782 · Hal fesses up to Mario re drug use
785 · Hal visits Ennet/Johnette
787 · Endnote #324 Pemulis reassures Possathwaite w/o throttling Freer, somehow
787 · Molly Notkin tells ALL re Joelle's history
795 · Endnote #332 Wayne goes nuts on the air; Pemulis confronted
795 · Hal's Men's Movement Mtg.
809* · Gately convalesces, sorta. / Money-Stealers Club / C. Thrust visits
827 · Gately visited by wraith (James)
845 · AFR prepares to take Quebec tennis bus
846 · Gately's dreams: Joelle, Mrs. Waite
851 · Hal first person, in his room; it's snowing
854 · Joelle visits Gately, shares photo album
864 · Stice stuck to window; Hal's facial tic surfaces; Kenkle & Brandt
876 · Mtg.: Tine Sr. & Jr., Hooley, Yee (Splarg. Kaa.), Veals
883 · Gately: FF; Hindu M.D.; McDade & Diehl visit
896 · Hal stream of consciousness; Hal horizontal
902 · Gately's football & pharmacological youth
906 · Pemulis wants to interface w/ Hal (Hal not impressed)
911 · Gately history: Fackleman & Kite
916 · Pemulis checks his entrepot
916 · Gately: Fackleman's HUGE windfall; digging dream.
934 · Joelle is warned by Steeply
934 · Gately & Fackleman's MASSIVE Dilaudid binge
938 · Joelle questioned by Steeply re entertainment
941 · Hal thinks; Stice on ceiling, mapless, Accomplice!, Weston, Orin's porno, Avril's...uh..."loose." Shall we say
958 · Joelle, post interview, returns to Ennet
958 · Mickey's "cunt sister" denies consent
960 · Asst. DA "names his disease" to Pat M.
964 · ETA; Quebec team gala; Barry Loach as panhandler
971 · Orin under glass
972 · Gately fever; Dilaudid debauch w/ Fackleman


Endnote Tag Locations

An explanation of the notation. (It's pretty intuitive, but this spells it out.)

1.  23-15
2.  46-1
3.  51.3+6
4.  51-18
5.  53+8
6.  53+8
7.  53+10
8.  53+12
9.  53+12
10.  53-8
11.  54.2+5
12.  55.1+8
13.  55-8
14.  56+11
15.  56.0-2
16.  56-2
17.  57+4
18.  58+7
19.  59+4
20.  59+7
21.  60-12
22.  60-7
23.  63-7
24.  64.0-1
25.  64.1+2
26.  67.1+2
27.  67.1+5
28.  70-4
29.  74-3
30.  76-2
31.  79.3+1
32.  81.6-3
33.  81-7
34.  82+8
35.  82.0-8
36.  83.3+2
37.  88.2+2
38.  88.2+5
39.  89+4
40.  89.4+5
41.  92.6-4
42.  94.6+2
43.  103.1-5
44.  108.7+2
45.  108-3
46.  110-2
47.  126.4-3
48.  126-2
49.  137.9+1
50.  138+5
51.  138.4+3
52.  152+2
53.  154.2-10
54.  154-8
55.  156.4-1
56.  170.1+7
57.  170.1+13
58.  176 title
59.  178+5
60.  184+3
61.  185-11
62.  187-12
63.  187-5
64.  188+8
65.  189+8
66.  191+16
67.  196.3+5
68.  198-14
69.  201-4
70.  202.3-1
71.  205.11+3
72.  206-10
73.  213.2-8
74.  217-11
75.  218+13
76.  218.0-2
77.  219+4
78.  223 (9)
79.  225+2
80.  228+2
81.  234-4
82.  242.1+2
83.  251-9
84.  253.2+6
85.  259-15
86.  260.1+4
87.  260.3-1
88.  265+3
89.  269-16
90.  272-15
91.  274.0-4
92.  282-5
93.  283.1-1
94.  283.2+3
95.  284-2
96.  285-20
97.  286+7
98.  286+14
99.  287+1
100.  291.3+3
101.  297+2
102.  300.1+10
103.  305.1+1
104.  306.1+3
105.  307.0-10
106.  308.1+12
107.  308.1+14
108.  308-7
109.  310-7
110.  311+1
111.  311.1-2
112.  311.2+4
113.  313+4
114.  313.1-4
115.  313.2+6
116.  315.1-9
117.  315.1-6
118.  316.1-8
119.  316-6
120.  322+2
121.  322-9
122.  323+1
123.  323+2
124.  323+10
125.  325+8
126.  325.2+6
127.  325-3
128.  330.1+12
129.  333-6
130.  338+1
131.  343+8
132.  343.1-7
133.  344-18
134.  345.3+5
135.  351.0-3
136.  351.1-5
137.  354+14
138.  356-1
139.  357.1+8
140.  358+15
141.  363+10
142.  373+5
143.  375+4
144.  375-1
145.  376+1
146.  379-1
147.  380+14
148.  380.1-2
149.  382+1
150.  382+17
151.  383-3
152.  386-13
153.  390+3
154.  396.1+7
155.  397+8
156.  402.5+12
157.  403-7
158.  409+3
159.  409-9
160.  410.0-12
161.  411.0-9
162.  412-10
163.  413-6
164.  416.1+11
165.  417.1+10
166.  417.1-5
167.  417-5
168.  418.0-1
169.  420.1-1
170.  423.2-6
171.  425.5+2
172.  425-15
173.  428.0-4
174.  428.4+5
175.  431-5
176.  438+9
177.  439-7
178.  446.1-2
179.  449+4
180.  450.0-1
181.  456.1-1
182.  456.2+2
183.  456.2+9
184.  457.1-7
185.  457.2+12
186.  457-1
187.  458.5-1
188.  461.7+3
189.  462.1-5
190.  463+5
191.  463.1+2
192.  464+19
193.  465-18
194.  465-5
195.  468.0-1
196.  468.1-10
197.  469+9
198.  472.7-1
199.  475.1+8
200.  477+4
201.  477+6
202.  478.2+1
203.  480+6
204.  483+3
205.  483-7
206.  484-16
207.  487-2
208.  491.3+1
209.  509-4
210.  510.2-3
211.  511.2-1
212.  512-1
213.  513+2
214.  515.1-8
215.  515.1-3
216.  516.0-1
217.  519+6
218.  519.2+4
219.  520+4
220.  520.2+5
221.  525.6+3
222.  529+4
223.  529-13
224.  540+3
225.  541.2+2
226.  542+4
227.  542-7
228.  548.2+7
229.  549-4
230.  553-4
231.  555+14
232.  557.1+5
233.  559+6
234.  565-4
235.  566.0-3
236.  568.8+2
237.  571+2
238.  572-11
239.  575.3-1
240.  578-5
241.  582-12
242.  590.5+7
243.  590.5+8
244.  590-7
245.  594.3+2
246.  601.2+7
247.  601-3
248.  602+6
249.  604-2
250.  604-1
251.  606-14
252.  606-5
253.  608.5+8
254.  608.5+14
255.  608-6
256.  615.1+1
257.  622.2+5
258.  622.2+5
259.  630+3
260.  631+12
261.  634+1
262.  636.0-9
263.  642.4+5
264.  643+3
265.  653-6
266.  655.4+1
267.  656+5
268.  658-12
269.  665-1
270.  666.2+5
271.  666.4+3
272.  668+5
273.  674.4-1
274.  676+1
275.  679.6+1
276.  680.2-3
277.  680.4-2
278.  686+4
279.  688+21
280.  692-8
281.  695.0-1
282.  696.1-4
283.  697-12
284.  698-7
285.  699.1-6
286.  699.1-5
287.  702.5
288.  703.4-8
289.  704.1-1
290.  705.1-1
291.  707+13
292.  707-15
293.  708.2+2
294.  709+3
295.  709.2+3
296.  711-10
297.  712.0-1
298.  713-9
299.  715.1+6
300.  721-5
301.  722-11
302.  722-3
303.  725.3-1
304.  732-3
305.  739.4-1
306.  740-7
307.  741.1+2
308.  742.2+9
309.  743.1+3
310.  743.1+6
311.  748-17
312.  750.5+3
313.  751.2-2
314.  753.0-3
315.  754-7
316.  759-7
317.  760.0-4
318.  761-15
319.  762.5+2
320.  770-7
321.  785.5+3
322.  786.2+2
323.  787.0-9
324.  787-9
325.  787-7
326.  788+4
327.  788.1-5
328.  788.1-2
329.  788.1-1
330.  790.4+4
331.  791.3+6
332.  795-6
333.  795-4
334.  796.0-7
335.  803-7
336.  803-5
337.  814.0-6
338.  814-6
339.  815.1+5
340.  815.4+2
341.  818+9
342.  835-1
343.  838-4
344.  851.3+3
345.  851.3+4
346.  853.1-4
347.  855+3
348.  856.1+3
349.  857.0-6
350.  863+5
351.  863.1+3
352.  873+5
353.  874.3+3
354.  886.3+2
355.  887.4-3
356.  887.4-2
357.  887.4-2
358.  887-6
359.  887-1
360.  888.2+3
361.  893.2+4
362.  903-3
363.  904+13
364.  904+20
365.  906.0-6
366.  911.1-11
367.  912.2-1
368.  913-15
369.  914.0-1
370.  915+2
371.  915-8
372.  917.1+6
373.  921+8
374.  924.1+10
375.  928+10
376.  931+1
377.  935+20
378.  944.2-5
379.  947.1-1
380.  949.1-12
381.  951+11
382.  957+4
383.  961.6+1
384.  969.1+2
385.  973+11
386.  978+22
387.  979.5+1
388.  979-1


NOTES & ERRATA*
End- and Footnote Tag Locations


Endnote #24
a.  985.10+1
b.  986.2+1
c.  990.4+4
d.  993.8-7
e.  993.8-6
f.  993.8-5
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Endnote #110
a.  1006+7
b.  1006+8
c.  1006.6+2
d.  1006-12
e.  1006-9
f.  1006-9
g.  1007+5
h.  1014.3+6
i.  1014.3-1
j.  1014.5-2
k.  1016.5-1
l.  1019-9
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Endnote #134
a.  1025-3
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Endnote #234
a.  1040+19
b.  1041+4
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Endnote #269
a.  1048-1
b.  1050+3
c.  1051.5-10
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Endnote #304
4.  1057.0-1
5.  1058.0-1
6.  1061.5+4
a.  1055.3+3
b.  1062.0-1
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Endnote #321
a.  1064-15
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Endnote #324
a.  1066-11
b.  1067.3+1
c.  1067.5+3
d.  1067.6+7
e.  1069-20
f.  1071+1

Well there it is. Hope you find it helpful. Let me know what you think, or drop me a line (russillosm@gmail.com) to just chat about the book!


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