Carel Struycken as The Giant, Joy Nash as Senorita Dido. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime The first nuclear explosion looked small, from a distance. Everything horrible looks small from enough of a distance: the destruction of a life, a country, a world. The cloud bloomed like an electric flower over the nothingness like creation in reverse, life going out instead of coming in. The code name of the first nuclear test was “Trinity,” a word plucked by Los Alamos physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer from the works of John Donne , one of the greatest metaphysical poets in history. The way Oppenheimer described the naming process is Lynchian in the extreme : “Why I chose the name is not clear, but I know what thoughts were in my mind. There is a poem of John Donne, written just before his death, which I know and love. From it a quotation: ‘As West and East / In all flat Maps—and I am one—are one, / So death doth touch the Resurrection.’” On July 16, 1945, somewhere in the empty desert of White Sands, New Mexico, a new sort of death touched the world, one previously reserved for acts of god. The ability to […]