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Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Dante Version

The Divine Comedy, Dante wakes up lost in a dark woods. He has to take a terrifying and arduous journey - first through Inferno, then up Mount Purgatory and finally through the dizzying spheres of Paradise before he can finally... Continue Reading →

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On Forgiveness and Letting Go: T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding”

I have a terrible memory for some things.  I can watch whole movies without remembering that I have already seen them. I don't remember the names of causal acquaintances, and lots of times I can't remember the names of my immediate... Continue Reading →

Dante’s Resolution Run

Dante for Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, I am silly.   Too many garish lights.  Too many inside jokes. Too many dioramas involving Socrates and snowmen.  I love Christmas and the broader holiday season unabashedly. But I also know that for many... Continue Reading →

Bearing a Burden: Dante Wants to Carry Your Bags

As much as Dante's Divine Comedy is about the power of romantic love (as it is for the sake of Beatrice that Dante is willing to go through all of the terror of Inferno and the arduous climb of Purgatory),... Continue Reading →

Dreaming With Dante

It is a well known fact that I am not a morning person. Waking up is bad; being woken up is evil - which is to say, it makes me evil.  This is not an exaggeration.  I no longer will... Continue Reading →

The Tempest of My Heart: Shakespeare and Home Renovations

I am not a patient person. I hate waiting. I hate the wasted time involved in running errands. Relaxing is not a skill I desire nor one which I posses. Patience is no virtue. And whoever said that was a... Continue Reading →

A Love Story for all Time: Dante’s Divine Comedy

Great DiscoursesDante first saw Beatrice when he was 9 and she was 8 (or so). He arrived at a party at her home with his parents and she was there. They didn't even speak.In La Vita Nuova Dante suggests that at... Continue Reading →

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