Charles Brian Orner
SOSTENUTO - A Novel

Notes

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Chapter 8

1    Heynaboics is an informal term for the colloquial lingo of northeastern Pennsylvania. The term originates from a metalinguistic exploration of the speech patterns of northeastern Pennsylvania. by the comedy troupe One Laugh at Least. The sketch takes place in a classroom, with a hyper-demotic teacher instructing clueless outsiders in “the unofficial dialect of northeastern Pennsylvania.” The troupe has been performing the sketch since 1998, when the Oakland Ebonics controversy was still fresh in the national consciousness.
2    Buckminsterfullerene (or buckyball) is a spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60. It has a cage-like fused-ring structure (Truncated icosahedron) which resembles a soccer ball, made of twenty hexagons and twelve pentagons, with a carbon atom at each vertex of each polygon and a bond along each polygon edge. The name is a homage to Buckminster Fuller, as C60 resembles his trademark geodesic domes. Buckminsterfullerene is the most commonly naturally occurring fullerene molecule, as it can be found in small quantities in soot.
3    “All that is gold does not glitter, / Not all those who wander are lost; / The old that is strong does not wither, / Deep roots are not reached by the frost. / From the ashes a fire shall be woken, / A light from the shadows shall spring; / Renewed shall be blade that was broken, / The crownless again shall be king.” - J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
4    A Stolnic was a boier (Romanian nobility) rank and the position at the court in the history of Romania: in Moldavia and Wallachia. The title approximately corresponds to seneschal and is borrowed from the Slavic title stolnik (from the word stol, “table”) a person in charge of the royal table. The title mare stolnic means “great stolnic,” or “Chief Seneschal.”

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