Catherine Corman is the editor of Joseph Cornell’s Dreams (2007), and her essay on Joseph Cornell and silence was anthologized in Sound Unbound (2008). Her book of photographs, Daylight Noir: Raymond Chandler’s Imagined City, was included in the 2009 Venice Biennale. Her writing has also appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and Vogue Italia, and on the websites of The Paris Review, The Economist and McSweeney’s.
Surrealist Astronomy in the South Pacific: Joseph Cornell and the Collaged Eclipse by Catherine Corman
In 1930, as the film East of Borneo was being made, a team of scientists descended on the remote volcanic island of Niuafo'ou to view an eclipse. Joseph Cornell, an avid stargazer who kept dossiers on constellations and heavenly bodies and subscribed to at least one journal of astronomy, was likely aware of this expedition.