The Antique Shop

This is an entirely typical display from the antique shop which William Gibson used as inspiration for the shop that Cayce was passing as the Twin Towers were hit. Several images of the window with different displays exist. The serendipity of the contents of each window reminds me of Joseph Cornell's boxes, a theme reflected in Count Zero. (Irritatingly, Cornell University has named their rendering test primitive "The Cornell Box", I'm sure deliberately, and probably as homage to the artist. The result is that when you scan Google for "cornell box", you mostly get their version).

Below are 3 photos of the window. First, contributed by JRE,

© Cristina Navarro 2005 All Rights Reserved.

The next is by Hubert J Steed, whose gallery at is well worth a visit.

© Hubert J Steed 2005 All Rights Reserved

And here is what Mr Gibson himself had to say about the shop in his blog:

Thursday, August 18, 2005
posted 12:07 PM

Member JRE has posted a photo of the window the shop that was the inspiration for the one Cayce is looking into, in PR, at the moment of impact. This (below) is the window of Mr. E. Buk's extraordinary Spring Street emporium of dream-gomi. The shop Cayce looks into doesn't exist, as for some reason I had to envision it on the south side of Spring. Perhaps because the scene wouldn't work for me if her back were to the WTC. And Mr. Buk wouldn't display roses, or let them dry up in the vase.

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