Still reading JR, pretty far along. In a book that is almost all dialogue Gaddis has two sex scenes later in the book that are hardly any dialogue at all but about as abstract as such a scene could be. He uses no terms for body parts at all (not even the word "breast" makes an appearance). They are also, I think, one of the rare moments of two characters (the same characters in both scenes) actually connecting with each other in a way that is not completely confused or misunderstood or about some kind of transaction.
More snow yesterday, more icy rain. Shovelled twice yesterday: the first time the snow was light and powdery, easy to move; the second time it was like shovelling sand, granulated and heavy. At least so far our power has stayed on.