Curious, spontaneous, lonely, caring
Friend of himself
Lover of relationships, feelings and burgers
Who feels different, annoying and hungry
Who needs a caring friend, closure and food
Who fears big tall polish men, one-sided relationships and rotten sandwiches
Who gives no shits about what people think of him or his actions but can give a few about special White Castle deals
Who would like to pause his tourettes for a moment when talking to a pretty girl, find someone that doesn’t care about his tourettes or even get rid of his tourettes sometimes.
Resident of Brooklyn, New York
Lionel “dickweed!” Essrog
Aspects: self-acceptance, dialogue, etc
Pages 132 to 134. Lionel is at the Yorkville Zendo asking questions to a new doorman next door. He’s investigating the Zendo to find some clues about Frank Minna’s death.
In this scene, Lionel has power over the doorman. The author isn’t necessarily displaying this obviously but it is something we can pick up from the dialogue. The way Lionel talks to Walter (doorman) is kind of like how any hardboiled detective would interrogate someone. He’s acting like Frank Minna because he wants to be like him (have power over people). Maybe not like emperor type power but we can tell that Lionel wants to be higher up than the people around him in his life (like some sort of hierarchy). He doesn’t mention it very obviously but he doesn’t like being look down on. That’s why he’s acting like this in his scene. He’s sending a sort of aura that makes him feel superior to Walter.
“I need the name of the doorman working last night, about six-thirty, seven. Older gentlemen than yourself, maybe thirty-five, with an accent.” (133). The way Lionel structured is very hardboiled. It’s straight up, line after line, only mentioning the important words to make them stick into Walter’s head. Yet he doesn’t sound too cold. He used the word gentlemen instead of man or some other generic word. This gives us that detective/noire smooth talk feel. The tone or mood of this scene in particular isn’t really meant to give off a cold/noire feeling yet we can still feel a sort of hardboiled-ness coming from the dialogue.
Pages 206 to 222. Lionel finds himself in Kimmery’s apartment after Kimmery had found him knocked out by the Tall Polish man.
The above scene reminds me a lot of when Lionel was chatting with Walter. In a few different ways. This brings me back to what I wrote about Lionel and how he doesn’t like being looked down on. I think this scene is really important emotionally for Lionel because Kimmery is a person that doesn’t care if he has tourettes or not. She’s one of the few first people that doesn’t look down on Lionel. She talks to him like a regular person and she also seem very compassionate and caring compared to the other characters in the story.