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This page contains notes I made during my 1st and 2nd trips through Evan Dara's astonishing debut novel The Lost Scrapbook.


Chapter thumbnails. Well, not really chapters so much as sections. Andthey're not numbered, or even delineated, the way chapters are in most books.In fact by design the narrative of the entire novel remains unbroken, with only twoprominent exceptions on p280 and p401. In parentheses throughout I've included references to other places in the book where an idea might have relevance. (viz., what's discussed on p266 and what's discussed later on p421.)



6          Confrontational interview with career counselor

8          The Photographer • Music in park/walking home/Escher books • I've evaded notice for the last 8 days • Back into my house • Moved orange juice and chair, just to prove I exist • Back outside [MEMORY: was putting air into my bike's tires when I was taken hostage at gunpoint • shoplifting] Revisiting the kitchen • neighbor walking dog • Invisibly around • On a  park bench

18        Late for meeting • Thoughts on cars that pass in opposite directions at night • Forest firefly video shoot • To Dave's house • grandfather ?

33        Beethoven, Diabelli • My son Michael REALLY wants Tama drums • Doesn't get them • Moves out • Musicology article

42        Nick's sprinkler repair • Grandfather's scrapbook • Animation • Inbetweener • Nick's mitosis lecture/wonderment

50        Rooftop radio antenna installation • Golden Age of Radio (with Raymond) • Our show will resurrect radio ("World of Blondes") • Raymond's condition • The get-together at Neville's to help/remember Raymond • Raymond needs bone marrow (p58.0-5) • Back to the antenna installation

58        Political activist (history teacher) TV interview • Asks neighbors if they're voting • Tied to chair with garden hose • Her Welsh grandfather • started a mid-western town • he's a traveling musician • "Silenced majority"

72        DOUBLE-, TRIPLE- AND QUADRUPLE SPACED. Freebootinginto your walkman • Going into the woods • Guy on his knees • leads me deeperan deeper into the woods • monotheism/Akhenaton/Einstein/polytheism has faultstoo/lost/Walkman Listeners, Unite!/Pharaoh's Tap (right clavicle)

175      Crew member of Ken Flack's Last Show (lighting tech) • Ken is usually very disciplined, but took out cocaine; all partake • Showtime (Copier is broken • Many characters/bits ensue, but parts of the The Ameliorator character seepinto subsequent characters • light and sound techs join in) • Guy ranting andraving interrupts show

185      Stony Shore poetry • "Pruning My Language Trees" (Chomsky) • Just got a letter from Robin (#1) • Closeness/kinship • Office relocates • Leukemia miniseries • Not donating marrow • Yearning for words that are my own

191      HE gets up, HE dresses and eats; HE drives to a hotel • HE meets people in hotel room and answers questions • Press conference with cigarette industry rep • "Smoking has never been scientifically proven to cause any illness"

199      Film student visits Prof's office (after death in the family) Piaget, etc.

206      Muffin Factory, saran-wrap machine breaks • Vagrant Zoner collects, rearranges and melts rubber over piles of debris • Vacation time • Muffin delivery to NEXUS • Zoner is a high-end artist(e): debris is his medium • Zoner wins film company's promo contest • rejects 10 grand prize • Gets muffin factory job


225      Steamy love scene

230      Obsessing on the fraudulence of magazine ads • (Grandfather saves pic Mom & Dad were looking at: for his scrapbook.p233)

233      Removing my body parts and putting them in my head.

236      This is information

237      Letter from Robin (#2) to Rebecca, mom reads it aloud • Chomsky • Rebecca's cough gets worse • Trying to call for help but robo-telemarketer won't hang up

249      Helpful Angelo and his snow-blower & fertilizer & grass seed & fertilizer • Doesn't even ask, just does yard work for me • [oblique grandfather reference, p255.2-4] • Showing the house to dinner dates • motorcycle crash out front • Angelo appears to have done a slightly better job on HIS house

259      Partch Tonality obsessive being questioned after, evidently, assaulting someone

265      Enough & • !#$ distractions! Behold my blackbody


266      I trust them and they leave • 66 men, all of them (re p421) • Then I met Raymond and everything was different • Then Raymond dumped me • But my father left me too

275      I am a  lie (neo-pythagorean rant) • Darwin was wrong • Survival of the one • The purpose of life is maximum possible suffering

278      Ashenpeople face down, side by side on the linoleum floor • " not like this onthe ground like animals" • Now tell me

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282      RobinLetter (#3). Chomsky • He is rather selective regarding counterevidence • Invitedto appear on Face The Nation • Snubbed • Producer's son needs bone marrow • I'm inadequate next to Chomsky • Leave MIT • Scouring southeasternVirginia for books by/on Piaget • Trip to Petersburg mall • Found a couple ofbooks • Collided with Walkman guy listening to Muzak

298      DrivingArchie home from the fair • I went there on a whim • Archie says people reallyopen up to you when you're hitching • Archie opens up about Erwin the gerbil • Archie's musings on Special Relativity • My mom had her father's (i.e. mygrandfather's) scrapbook.

311      WileE. Coyote/Roadrunner deconstruction • Car wouldn't start after movie

318      Parade • kid really crying • gardening/horticulture • Selling off (?) concert tickets • Collectiblemechanical coin banks • Bridal registry at Lerner's • Tiny, the bus driver,helps old woman onto the bus • Defaced bagel sign

325      Anthropologystudy • Tom's first day, following in dad's and grandfather's footsteps • architecture • Trombone gig

330      Rejectionletter from Ozark (re building proposal) • Powder blue paint • New sundriescounter & buy-days program • Jeremy's not pooping in the normal places • 1/3 acre lot minimum

332      56acre play field from Ozark!

333      MotherOzark will take care of any problem • Julie should have listened • NewfangledCD jukebox • Curt White's eyes are visibly irritated

335      Whyshould we bite the hand that feeds us?

336      Moresteamy love (re p225)

337      Breadslicer • Ozark's been here since 1880 • All evidence says they're good • Couponclipper (episode with Becky)

339      "WithoutChemicals, life itself would be impossible."


340      'Theytook care of their obligations' • Solvents in the air • Close to the elementaryschool • 22 pipes there • 60 person clean-up crew

341      METHYLCHLORIDE. Water test wells • replaced 6 pipes • film chemical • "no reasonfor health concern" • George Fobel reassures • Ozark offers homeimprovement loans • Inevitable, predictable • Layoffs will be kept to a minimum • Meramac Caverns offer • Museum/memorial proposal • HARD weightlifting • Canhardly sleep/husband's nightmares • Neighbor is angry about it, wants to move • Having to give up jogging

346      9MONTHS AFTER. Nothing bad at all • Lab doesn't concur (private lab) • Naturally filtered by rock layers • governmentshould do tests

348      Methylchloride in samples • MC is natural, everywhere already • Organic produce only • City Council say MC poses NO THREAT

350      Twomore chemicals found: Acetone & methanol • "Alarmism isunjustified" • Water god • Mona is flippo anyway finds saddle-shapedbedrock • MC is a carcinogen • "Nothing there" • All thesecontroversies blow over • Shaking hands • Discolored dishwasher • Rejectedleukemia classified ad • Dog losing too much hair • E G D S L

361      Ozarkexec dumps Mona (re p274) • They wouldn't take my laundry • Afraid to lie downon the ground to work on my boat • Shower fumes • 2/5 acre per lot • Ronaldson(Ozark spokesman) starts to spin • I hope the house burns down while I'm away • Ozark knew since 1973 • Ozark runs damage control ads • Woman in stands isupbraided at hockey game • Lab employee, "They are a big customer..."

367      Statefinally investigates • 'High cancer rates don't mean anything' • Town clerkfired • Contaminated breast milk ("What was I giving?") • Not 600gallons 60,000. • Mona's stillrunning tests • State wants to raise CH3Cl limits


371      TOWNMEETING. (In PS 41, 10 months after pipe burst.) Fobel • Eight Point ProtectionPlan • County Health Director • Doctor from Lincoln • 'All is normal, really.' • Q & A • "This is not Love Canal!" Fobel gets annoyed • Monashouted down by crowd, rebuffed by Fobel • Fobel: You wanna hear what we're NOT saying? FINE. HERE'S WHAT WE'RE NOT SAYING


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405      Jacketsnap • VCR installation • Tea shop • Roy Rogers • Beetlejuice • Ma, we have togo • Forgot my own phone number • Aging landscaper • Nosebleed • Piaget Theoryre Object Permanence

412      Youngwoman comes in and tells her story retired from marriage son's gerbil died (rep303)

414      Dadgot nothing from the fridge • Nonet Minus One gig goes flat should we add aguitar? • Fixing Jason's bike, remembering priorities • I need to know mychild's thoughts • Key West: Lost Cardinals ballcap, found Fobel in town

420      Citizen'sReclamation Committee mailings • Ozark memo found • 66 poisonous chemicals (rep266) • Wasn't this taken care of? • Committee's HQ office? • Town Hall: nohelp • Police • 'I don't want to put my shopping in the kitchen'

427      Letter#2 from Water Control • Ozark PR guy gets snippy • Do I trust this committee • Can I reuse a sponge? • I boil everything • Why think? • I fear • He works init everyday • I can say nothing

433      Iaccidentally said the name Jeremy in front of Darryl

435      Thiswas YOUR idea • Never forgive you • Our pond contaminated a neighbor's yard • Another Ozark memo "found" by CRC • Vomiting, shaking, ears ringing • Houses depreciating • $500 fine for posting a For Sale sign • Missouri Dept. ofHealth coming

441      Newspaperblowing smoke • CRC woman has Ozark memo • 'We must organize' • Retest(contaminated results) • State coordinating with County ('they'll see mymedical records')

447      DEChas older reports • Ozark has actually claimed that trespassers did it • Compulsive smoking and eating

            Suingon behalf of a TREE • Local apathy • TV/radio show • Called many agencies,national ones

455      Wastedelivery invoice • C-56 or Hexa • Join us for a meeting Friday, July 8.

458      TVREPORTS. Hexa found in Isaura • Ozark: "We do not use C-56 and we havenever used C-56" • StateAttorney General: "We have to be sure our children are not beingpoisoned " • Enough is a good as a feast until today • Brawl atMarketplace

460      TVREPORTS. 56% chance of birth defects • "Report flawed" says DEC,State & Ozark • Two new chemicals found • My daughter says I should haveanother child

463      TVREPORTS. 'Trace amounts of C-56 have no clinical significance' • Houstoncompany says chemicals caused gene aberrations (State denies it) • MissouriDept. of Health says miscarriage rates in Isaura are over 4x higher than normal • C-56 @ 12,000 parts per billion

468      Ozark:Well, yeah, we do use C-56 • USGS water quality warning • teen's suicide

469      StateSupreme Court issues cease & desist against Ozark • US Dept of Justice& Missouri sue Ozark

470      EVACUATIONORDER. Fresh water trucked into Isaura • 80 evacuation buses at the ready

471      Whatto take with us...this can't be goodbye...

472      Roadsout of town

473      Candidate'sinsulation suit photo-op • Letters to Wheatland Street Tree

474      postmarkedfrom 150 - 160 "trauma-kindred" towns

476      Whocould imagine such betrayal?