Research Notes · 11/29/2013


Our Research Notes series invites authors to describe their research for a recent book, with “research” defined as broadly as they like. This week, Amina Cain writes about Creature from The Dorothy Project.


1. rejection in The Ravishing of Lol Stein by Marguerite Duras

2. California  

3. a cameo necklace

4. Dorothea in George Eliot’s Middlemarch

5. Fred Wilson’s Maryland Historical Society exhibition “Mining the Museum”

6. “The Blind Man” by D.H. Lawrence

7. Unnatural Acts

8. The Smoky Mountains 

9. plants

10. friendship

11. Ancient Dragon Zen Gate 

12. “Gallows” by CocoRosie

13. Marguerite Gardens 

14. The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys    

15. fulgurites

16. “Snow scene of a courtesan holding an umbrella being ferried across the Sumida River by a porter,” after Utagawa Kunisada

17. Hannah Weiner’s Open House

18. The Olympic Spa

19. a performance hall

20. Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog

21. The Columbia College library

22. Marya Timofeevna in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Demons

23. Daytona Beach

24. food

25. The Art Institute of Chicago

26. When Does It or You Begin?

27. Vitoria and a tropical farm in Clarice Lispector’s The Apple in the Dark

28. waves

29. gold 

30. The Flower Ornament Scripture and The Diamond Sutra


Amina Cain is the author of two collections of stories: Creature and I Go To Some Hollow. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in n+1, BOMB, The Encyclopedia Project, Two Serious Ladies, the Denver Quarterly, etc. She lives and works in Los Angeles. Visit her website.