Page 461. " the exact center of the continental United States was several miles from Lebanon, "

48 States Plaque
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The geographic center of the contiguous United States is found in a small park near Lebanon, Kansas.


Page 463. " 'I know you will, Gwydion,' "

Gwydion is a mythical welsh hero, a trickster and a magician, appearing in the Welsh Triads, the Mabinogi and the Book of Taliesin.


Page 464. " 'He's talking about Louise Brooks,' "

Born in Kansas, Louise Brooks was a silent film star, a model and a dancer. Her bob hairstyle inspired many imitators and she has been compared to Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.

Page 468. " Isn't she the one who killed her children? "

Shadow is confusing the modern 'goddess' Media with the ancient Greek figure Medea, who famously killed her own children to take revenge on her husband Jason.


Page 473. " Not even Bacchus "

Bacchus is the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Dionysos, god of wine, theatre and ritual madness.

Page 473. " Brahma creates, Vishnu preserves, Shiva destroys "

Brahma (god of creation), Vishnu (the supreme god) and Shiva (the destroyer) make up the sacred Hindu Trimurti.