Alright Alright (Here Goes part II: Lifter Puller) Jan 12, 2021 2:00:33 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by muzzleofbees on Jan 12, 2021 2:00:33 GMT -5
Glad this is your kind of insane ... hope you like it when it all starts to converge in the story.
I hate to respond off the cuff to things I haven't thought through before, but my first instinct is to say that you must be right about "Bones Brigade" --- maybe as a reference to the drug-dealing gang in the story? The fact that the Narrator had a "skater phase" [SM], and that the "three skaters" [HH] seem to be the Narrator, Charlemagne, and Gideon, makes it hard to be sure without more careful thinking through than I can manage right now, but this sounds directionally correct. Also, in Slips Backwards, the LP Narrator advises the girl, "you'd best go back to skate punk" [SBackwards], reinforcing the image of skating as an innocent form of the punk lifestyle. But I can't think of any other "skater" refs besides those.
I haven’t thought this very well true either, and I might be influenced by my minor hockey hangup, but «skate» doesn’t have to be «skateboard» as in Bones Brigades, but could also be ice skating. Besides the obvious «ice» reference (and «slipping» and «sliding» also being verbs who go nicely along with skating on ice, but I guess a connection to just "ice" is just as likely), you also have Soft In The Center. Surely, being unsafe on ice getting soft in the center doesn’t require skates, but being from a place with both geographical and climatic similarities to Minnesota, I'll say you’ll rarely visit the center of iced lakes if not for ice skating.
Googling a bit around, Craig seems pretty into hockey, and he's been going to Madison Square Garden to see New York Rangers a bunch of times (re: "power play", "the garden" from Heavy Convenant).
I totally think the most obvious reading of «skater» is in the Bones Brigades sense, but I would just like to flag the possibility of a double meaning.
(And again, I don't want to derail this thread, but these narrative quests have a tendency to make me re-think some stuff, and there's few better places to share those thoughts than here)