DCTDHMTP: Don't Crush That DWARF,
Hand Me the Pliers!.
DOCTOR MEMORY: The big
computer that runs everything in the
FUTURE FAIR, described in the FT's BOZO
play. The Doctor was also mentioned in a poem on the "Dear Friends"
album. He is based on an old SAILON LISP program written for the
PDP-10 running the TOPS-10 operating system. AhClem repeatedly calls
Dr. Memory "Mac" - which far predates the current Apple computer line;
but the MIT AI lab, where the Doctor program originated, grew out of
Project Mac (for Machine Aided Cognition and/or Multiple Access
DWARF: "Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand
Me The Pliers": An FT play about the life of the EVERYMAN
The title appears to be a marijuana reference. "Dwarf" is slang for a
marijuana cigarette which has been almost completely consumed (ie,
"roach") and the "pliers" are pliers or any other device which can be
used to hold the dwarf by the very end in order to consume the rest of
the cigarette ("roach clip"). Hence, "don't crush that
nearly-consumed marijuana cigarette, hand me a pair of pliers (so that
I can smoke the rest)." This could also be tied in to Hal Roach, the
famous producer of old silent comedies, who only recently died at the
age of 100+. He is given a brief mention at the end of "Dwarf", when
secretary indicates that Mr. Roach had left a message, along with
Laurel & Hardy, Harpo Marx ("Honk! Honk!- he would leave his name..")
The FT sometimes refer to a "Hot Roach Studios", which they presumably
The liner notes for the "Dwarf" CD mentions that the original title
for Dwarf was "We'll be Heironymus Bosch in Jest a Minute, but
Faust..." indicating connections between the play and the man who
"sold out" to the devil, as well as the nature of interruptions as a
part of life.
ROCKY ROCOCO, the nemesis of NICK DANGER, is a dwarf:
CATHER: "Nancy, who's that ugly dwarf with his hand in your mouth?"
ROCKY: "Rocky Rococo, at your cervix!"
There were also dwarf maples at the SAME OLD PLACE.
See also WORDSWORTH for a poetic reference.
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