One footnote to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
That was tough, as footnote 304 was all about one of Hal’s classmates and how he was researching a paper for class on the Wheelchair Assassins and the paper he was plagiarizing from was difficult to parse because of all the academic language, which was exactly why he was stealing from it, as he figured his teacher wouldn’t understand what he was talking about.
The major takeaway is I think that we’re in some kind of alternative future (past) in which North America has merged to form the Organization of North American Nations, O.N.A.N. for short. I originally thought it was some sort of trade organization, but it seems like it’s our equivalent of the European Union.
No wonder the Wheelchair Assassins want Quebec to secede.
Vocab Word: Rostrum raised platform on which a person stands to make a public speech, receive an award or medal, play music, or conduct an orchestra. (This seems like a word I should have known, but when I thought about it, I only had a vague guess of its meaning. Once I looked it up, it seemed obvious.)
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