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.