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Questions about the novel Andrew's Brain (2014) by E.L. Doctorow. Use with the tag [e-l-doctorow].

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Meaning of "invented silliness" in Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow

In the last paragraph of Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow: MT’s invented silliness at his children’s bedtime. How he is their protector, and the world’s a safe snug place at their bedtime. How when ...
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"Glancing to heaven" in Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow

In Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow: Naturally the rug was rolled up and Bill and Betty did one of their vaudeville routines, the old soft shoe, a George M. Cohan number, “… for it was Mary, Mary, ...
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"Depressing someone into something" in Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow

I'm reading Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow. In this paragraph I have some difficulties: ... but your moodiness, she said, I don’t know, that’s so unusual, a powerful thing, almost like your way of ...
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"settled in as a Washingtonian" in Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow

I'm reading Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow. In this paragraph I have some difficulties: But the only job to be found was as a substitute science teacher at a D.C. high school. He took it. Within a ...
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Meaning of "This is you" in Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow

In Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow: Another morning. I am down on the beach as the osprey hovers pulsingly over the sea, and the sanderlings tiptoe along the ocean’s foamy edge while the shadowing ...
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Meaning of "anticipated cosmetic collapse" in Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow

In Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow: There were a lot of western blondes at the college but mostly of the blaringly self-indicative kind, with an empty-headedness or cunning about them, or perhaps ...
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The beginning words in Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow: "I CAN TELL you"

I know that "I can tell you" is used to emphasize a statement. But , in this paragraph, is the writer pointing to this usage of the idiom? and if so, why is it written in Capital letters? I ...
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"Protein suckers attached to the teleology" in Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow

I'm reading Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow. In this paragraph I have some difficulties: I’m just thinking of something I read about the pathogenesis of schizophrenia and bipolar disease. The brain ...
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