Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Glossary

a lark

for a joke; as something done for fun


A mental connection or relation between thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations; or a remembered or imagined feeling, emotion, idea, or sensation linked to a person, object, or idea.


rather bare; scant in furnishings, equipment, or contents

Barnes & Noble

The largest bookstore chain in the United States, headquartered in New York City


Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is the oldest and most widely distributed American collection of quotations, first issued in 1855.


A fruit that is a hybrid between a mandarin and a sweet orange


the feeling that someone is unworthy of respect; contempt

Friedrich Nietszche

a German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer, often synonymous (somewhat wrongly) with a fatalistic or pessimist worldview

Huckleberry Hound

A cartoon character created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1958. He speaks in a Southern drawl and is known to sing "O' My Darlin' Clementine" terribly out of tune.


acting or done without forethought


private and personal


the Latin word for gap

Maze Cinema

a style of filmmaking in which the story coils back upon itself


A hamlet within the town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York, on the eastern end of the South Shore of Long Island.

off the map

In the context of Eternal Sunshine - it means that the target of erasure is moving around the patient's mind into memories that are not part of the "map" of the target within the patient's brain.


an unreasonable and debilitating fear of a particular thing


Italio Svevo was an Italian writer fascinated with Freud, best known for Zeno's Conscience, the memoirs of a fictional character who keeps a journal at the insistence of his psychiatrist.

The Charles River

The Charles River flows 80 miles, starting at Echo Lake in Hopkinton, MA, through 23 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts before emptying into Boston Harbor.


chaste; pure


a derogatory term for a person who drinks excessive amounts of cheap wine or other alcohol