Charles Brian Orner
SOSTENUTO - A Novel

Notes

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Chapter 3

1    Julius Chambers, F.R.G.S., (November 21, 1850 - February 12, 1920) was an American author, editor, journalist, travel writer, and activist against psychiatric abuse. Chambers is considered by many to be the original muckraker. Chambers undertook a journalistic investigation of Bloomingdale Asylum in 1872 by having himself committed with the help of some of his friends and his newspaper’s city editor. His intent was to obtain information about the alleged abuse of inmates. When articles and accounts of the experience were published in the Tribune, it led to the release of twelve patients who were not mentally ill, a reorganization of the staff and administration of the institution, and eventually to a change in the lunacy laws. This later led to the publication of the book A Mad World and Its Inhabitants (1876).
2    “The Three Bs” is an English-language phrase derived from an expression coined by Peter Cornelius in 1854, which added Hector Berlioz as the third B to occupy the heights already occupied by Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. Later in the century, the famous conductor Hans von Bülow would substitute Johannes Brahms for Berlioz. The phrase is generally used in discussions of classical music to refer to the supposed primacy of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms in the field.
3    In physics, the electric dipole moment is a measure of the separation of positive and negative electrical charges in a system of charges; that is, a measure of the charge system’s overall polarity.
4    From the television show M*A*S*H: The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan (#5.6) (1976): Colonel Flagg: “I have no home. I am the wind.” / Captain Hawkeye Pierce: “I told you he was the wind. You said he was the stars.” / Capain B.J. Hunnicut: “No, I said he was the Moon.”
5    Later in the same episode, Colonel Flagg exists the tent through the window, and yelps as he hits the ground. Hawkeye looks out of the window and says “The wind just broke his leg.”

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