I suppose it might seem strange to begin a post
that's sure to be indiscriminate
purposeful but likely meaningless,
though armed with genuine genuflective ambition as its intention
for posting about Salvador Dali
-- by beginning with.... Steve Erickson? ...
But the solution (so obvious! -- how was I blind to it for so long?)
to interpreting Steve Erickson's fragmented, inner-and-interconnected only obliquely,
often mystifying yet always mesmerizing novels,
his Vintage editions that nearly no one reads, I mean;
those Runes of his like Rubicon Beach I've ruminated on for years like recurring dreams
-- are explained explicitly (maybe even the mystery of Our Ecstatic Days)
in the paintings of Salvador Dali!
|Enchanted Beach with Three Fluid Graces|
Okay. Remember in Greek mythology, the three Graces? Beauty, charm (what was that last one -- voluptuous décolletage?) No. It was joy, that's right. So its beauty, charm and joy. And then there's the Three Fates Greek mythology, right? Take a look at the rod and string in the painting, such a slim thread of interconnection. Hmmm. And Rubicon Beach is divided into three parts, its few readers may remember. Each section is practically its own self-contained novella, but for those oblique inner-connections, a string, each one focused on a certain grace, a certain fate. See where this is leading ....