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Tropic of Cancer


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  • proper n. The parallel of latitude 23°30′north of the equator, marking the northern boundary of the tropics; the sun is directly overhead at the summer solstice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See Tropic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a line of latitude about 23 degrees to the north of the equator


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  • I fell for Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, oh yes, and now Lady Chatterley's Lover, seemed innocent as the tulle formals we once wore, our firm neat little tits pressed carefully into the tight-boned strapless bodices, not a line of cleavage to be seen.

    Jill Robinson: Helen Gurley Brown And the Ostentatious Orgasm

  • During the summer solstice, the subsolar point moves to the Tropic of Cancer because at this time the North Pole is tilted 23. 5° toward the sun.

    Earth-Sun geometry

  • Geographically, the ecoregion extends across the northwestern Indian State of Gujarat and southern Pakistan's Sind Desert region, sitting along the Tropic of Cancer.

    Rann of Kutch seasonal salt marsh

  • Here's where the conventionality shows: If you know your Henry Miller, you know that Tropic of Capricorn is better than Tropic of Cancer.

    I suppose so ...

  • This marks the Tropic of Cancer, along which lie Calcutta, India; Havana, Cuba; Hong Kong; and Mazatlán, Mexico.

    Noooooo!!! - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • The writing reminds me very much of Henry Miller in Tropic of Cancer - it's vigorous, bawdy, honest and funny.

    Reading and Writing

  • So if one donates Venus in Furs by Count Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Justine by de Sade, Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille, etc., etc. to an elementary school and sees them refused by the librarians, one can sue them and the school district?

    Luskin Once Again Gets The Law Wrong - The Panda's Thumb

  • Fourth, astral influence is dependent upon its inclination to the north or to the south; its effect will be strongest when it is in the middle, as evidenced by the sun, whose heat is strongest when it is at the Tropic of Cancer as opposed to being at the Tropic of Capricorn.


  • George Orwell made a similar observation in "Inside the Whale" an essay-length riff on Miller's Tropic of Cancer, pointing out that expatriate writers are disproportionately obsessed with "drinking, talking, meditating, and fornicating."

    bittercon 2006 (updated with banner)

  • Henry Miller, the controversial author of Tropic of Cancer, wrote his agent, I have found my counterpart in dear Halasz Brassa; he is a man of insatiable curiosity, a wonderer like me, who sets out on an exploration with no other aim but continued investigation.

    The Great Escape


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