30 January 2008

My castle, my books.

image from Salvador Dali's Dream of Venus Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair

In preparation for a collaboration, I am steeping myself in Americana. Think Little House on the Prairie, Spoon River Anthology, and Little, Big. Oh, and Dylan's Desire. I'm reading Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick, and am particularly taken with the naming of Pilgrim children (Love and Wrestling were small brother passengers aboard) and a particular Stranger, Stephen Hopkins who crossed the Atlantic with the Pilgrims. In 1609 Hopkins was shipwrecked on the shores of Bermuda and it was this incident that formed the basis of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Which has me thinking all about Dali's Dream of Venus and that part of Matthew Barney's Cremaster that was full of Opera Houses, and Pearls, and nymphs and Ursula Andress. Cremaster number what? I can't remember.


jasonwclark said...

Well that settles it -- Cooler than an I Claudius marathon, and hotter than Physical Graffiti -- the vagabond blog, much like the stationary, is officially the best I’ve seen all year.

Thank you Mrs. Jezebel, Mr. Jezebel, and Teepee, for helping me to escape new and shocking levels of boredom this afternoon. There is a solid 3 hours of entertainment in this place - easy.

By way of compensation, here’s a link you might enjoy. This guy has put together a collection of background paintings from all the old Disney movies, showing what they looked like before the main characters were animated in. The Alice and Snow White cells are particularly glorious.


All the best, and thanks again for doing what you do.

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