Carel Struycken as The Giant, Joy Nash as Senorita Dido. : Suzanne Tenner/ The first nuclear explosion looked small, from distance. Everything horrible looks small from enough of distance: the destruction of life, country, world. The cloud bloomed like an electric over the nothingness like creation in reverse, life going out instead of coming in. The code name of the first nuclear test was “Trinity,” plucked by Los Alamos physicist . 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 the name is not clear, but I know what thoughts were in my mind. There is poem of John Donne, written just before his death, which I know and love. From it 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 Sands, New Mexico, a new sort of death touched the world, one previously reserved for acts of god. The ability […]