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Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson)
Through the Looking Glass (1871)
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
You'll find it indexed as:
Dialectic, 70Credit for this index is given to Maria Coughlin, for whom I worked at the time. We were given the task of indexing each quotation under one concept.
endless loop. See 'loop, endless'
During World War II Albert Speer, Hitler's architect and Minister of Arms and War Production, inspected one of the Nazi labor camps, Matthausen, and he had opportunity to inspect Auschwitz. But he didn't (a friend advised him to stay away). This is documented in a book I indexed, Henry T. King, Jr.'s The Two Worlds of Albert Speer: Reflections of a Nuremberg Prosecutor. Following is the entry for Auschwitz:
Auschwitz extermination camp, 4, 103, 160n14; gas chambers, 157; Speer's blindness towards, 101-2Christine Shuttleworth, for Henry Porter's Lies, damned lies, a book by a UK journalist on how much you can believe of what you read in the papers, with funny stories of how journalists have twisted, mangled, and invented facts to make good stories. One anecdote relates how during a heatwave a staff photographer was instructed to demonstrate that it was so hot you could fry an egg on the bonnet of a car, but was unable to do so and resorted to buying a plastic fried egg, placing it on the bonnet of a car, and photographing it:
Eggs, fried, bogus
airplanes: seats required by Limbaugh, 17
Dion, Celine, as benchmark of Broadway decline, 210
Einstein, Albert, slacker mom of, 118
Leno, Jay, as no Johnny Carson, 16
O'Reilly, Bill, as Al Bundy soulmate, 168; surliness of, 168; as showman, 168; "barroom contempt" harbored by, 168; obsequious iconoclasm of, 168.
Putin, Vladimir, as night owl, 82; as oenophile, 82; sobriety of, 82; as boxer, 84; as judo champ, 84; as snow leopard, 84; reptilian characteristics of, 86; gait of, 86; as Teddy Roosevelt, 86; as circumciser, 87; piety of, 82, 89-91; as bourgeois ski bunny, 92
Rice, Condoleezza, as weak link, 106
Sartre, Jean-Paul, as not much to look at, 139
Stalin, Joseph, yellow eyes of, 88; as seminarian, 84; as darner of socks, 92
Reagan, Ronald, 131, 147-48; as Brass Brancroft, 217n20; foreign policy, 149-53, 174-75, 204n4; misinformation, 217n17; as president, 147, 178; as Ronbo, 153; as Web Sloane, 79, photo 8; Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), 151-52, 177, 204n4; summits with Gorbachev, 175-78
index: challenges of, 598; as revelatory of book's nature, 598; typo in, 631; as work of art, 598The index extends over pages 599 to 632. There is no page 633. As Christine Shuttleworth says, "Hofstadter is a law unto himself." (Her article on this wonderful index, "Marot, Hofstadter, index," appeared in the April 1998 of The Indexer, and is available from the Society of Indexers.)
Zielinski, Bronislaw, suggests autobiography to HRH, 742; commissioned to prepare index, 748; warns of suppression threats, 752; disappears, 761The story was written in 1977 and published in The Paris Review, vol 118, (Northern) Spring, 1991. It is copyright © the Estate of the Late J.G. Ballard, 1977, 1991. Definitely recommended reading, you can read the entire story here.
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