"Feed" by M.T. Anderson, Part 1

This satirical novel imagines a dystopian future in which people have computers implanted in their heads to control their perceptions of reality.

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  1. gravity
    the force of attraction between all masses in the universe
    Marty had dropped his bird, these fake birds that were the big spit and lots of people had them, and Marty’s bird was floating off, because there was hardly any gravity, and whenever he leaned out to get his bird, Link would slam his seat back like meg hard and it would go bam on Marty’s face, and they would start laughing.
  2. stimulus
    any information or event that acts to arouse action
    I tried to concentrate on all the stimulus, and the fun, all of it.
  3. nutrient
    any substance that can be metabolized to give energy
    We ordered some fancy nutrient IVs from room service but they gave us all headaches, and we went out to this place that Marty said served the best electrolyte chunkies but it had closed a year before.
  4. sorority
    a social club for female undergraduates
    Calista is blond and she can do this sorority-girl ice-princess thing, which she does with her voice and her shoulder blades, which makes people think she’s older than she is and really important.
  5. radiation
    energy transmitted in the form of rays or waves or particles
    Link is tall and butt-ugly and really rich, that kind of old rich that’s like radiation, so that it’s always going deet deet deet deet in invisible waves and people are suddenly like, “Unit! Hey! Unit!” and they want to be guys with him.
  6. lesion
    an injury to living tissue
    Link had a lesion on his jaw, and I had lesions on my arm and on my side. Quendy had a lesion on her forehead. In the lights of the hallway you could see them real good. There are different kinds of lesions, I mean, there are lesions and lesions, but somehow our lesions, in this case, seemed like kid stuff.
  7. ricochet
    spring back; spring away from an impact
    Later after some showers we went to the Ricochet Lounge. It was very lo-grav/no-grav, and it was all about whamming one person into another in big stuffed suits.
  8. ooze
    pass gradually or leak or as if through small openings
    I was being a little careful when I ran into other people, because of the arm lesion. It had broke open and it was oozing.
  9. skim
    move or pass swiftly and lightly over the surface of
    For a while we played a game with the ball, and we were twirling all over the place, and we were like, what it’s called when you skim really close over the surface of something, we were that to the floor, with our arms out, but of course Marty started winning all the time, and Link, who doesn’t like to lose, was like, “This is null. This sucks.”
  10. supple
    capable of moving or bending freely
    ...if you like comfort, quality, and class, the supple upholstery and ergonomically designed dash will leave you something like hysterical.
  11. reflect
    throw or bend back from a surface
    She was wearing a dress of gray wool. It wasn’t plastic, and the light didn’t reflect off it.
  12. premises
    land and the buildings on it
    The guy was still yelling at the others over by the valve. He was all, da da da be removed from the premises, da da da, express instructions, da da.
  13. extract
    remove, usually with some force or effort
    The juice came out of her lips as if it was being extracted real careful by a rock-star dentist who she loved.
  14. gargoyle
    an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure
    Her tongue was close behind it, perched in the air like a pink slug gargoyle.
  15. torque
    a twisting force
    She said, “I want mine to go all the way around. I want it to be like a necklace, but right now, it’s just a torque.”
  16. suppuration
    the discharge or formation of pus
    “You put the ‘supper’ back in ‘ suppuration.’”
  17. hilarious
    marked by boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter
    Link thought that was hilarious.
  18. missionary
    someone who attempts to convert others to a doctrine
    She was now completely youch on all of our meters, except with the girls, who I could tell had started to chat each other like some ants after someone’s buried a missionary alive in the middle of their hill.
  19. delicate
    exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing
    I was still thinking about the beauty of how that juice had been born delicately from her lips, how it had been born whole, and how her tongue stood there afterward to see the juice make its trembling progress into the world.
  20. economy
    reduction in cost
    Usually, Quendy is just like a kind of broken, little economy model of Calista, and she knows that, and feels real bad about it.
  21. ruthless
    without mercy or pity
    ...based on the true story of a clone fighting to save her own liver from the cruel and ruthless original who’s farming her for organs.
  22. chaos
    a state of extreme confusion and disorder
    The Rumble Spot: an ocean of chaos in the Sea of Tranquillity.
  23. rivulet
    a small stream
    Images of Coke falling in rivulets down chiseled mountainsides; children being held toward the sun; blades slicing grass; a hand, a hand extended toward the lemonade like God’s at Creation...
  24. prosthesis
    a device that replaces a missing part of the body
    ...a choir of Jamaican girls dressed in pinafores and strap-on solar cells; dry cleaners ironing the cheek prostheses of the rich; friends clutching at birds made of alloys; law partners jumping fences; snow; altitude; tears; hugs; night.
  25. malfunction
    fail to work properly
    Marty was like, “We could malfunction.”
  26. thrash
    move or stir about violently
    Come thrash in the cool until your head opens up, and you see the veins of the people you love bright as branches against the sky, and burnt in your brain will be the fun, all of the fun, and the lights, and the Doppler fade of screaming you heard at the Rumble Spot.
  27. observe
    watch attentively
    Here it was, spring break, and she was on the moon, where there was all this meg action, and she was there without friends. She said she just walked through the crowds and watched, and she saw all these great things that way. She said she was there to observe.
  28. admit
    declare to be true or accept the reality of
    We wanted to go to sleep by then, but we were on the moon, even if it sucked, and it was spring break, you know, with the action, so there was no way we were admitting we wanted to go to sleep.
  29. commotion
    a disorderly outburst or tumult
    As we were driving through the tube streets, there was all of this commotion because of the protests about the moon.
  30. assault
    attack someone physically or emotionally
    We went to the girls’ bedroom and started to assault the minibar.
  31. polite
    showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
    She nodded, but it was kind of polite.
  32. obvious
    easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind
    It was pretty obvious she really didn’t want to be with us.
  33. fugue
    a dreamlike state of altered consciousness
    When I looked around, I wanted so much, that all of the prices were coming into my brain, and it was bam bam bam, like fugue-joy, and Loga and Quendy and Calista were already out on the dance floor, and my feed was like going fried, going things about the dance and pictures they were feedflinging across the dance floor of people on fire doing the moves.
  34. lunar
    of or relating to or associated with the moon
    “We enter a time of calamity. Blood on the tarmac. Fingers in the juicer. Towers of air frozen in the lunar wastes. Models dead on the runways, with their legs facing backward. Children with smiles that can’t be undone. Chicken shall rot in the aisles. See the pillars fall.”
  35. calamity
    an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
    While we said, again and again, “We enter a time of calamity. We enter a time of calamity,” and others in the room said it, too, and Violet looked as scared as me, and I tried to take her hand, and she tried to take mine, and the police were by our side, hitting the man over the head again and again with stunners and sticks, and he fell on one knee...

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