“Blew Bayou”

michael-lewis-blew-bayou“No one knows that better than Lewis. In less than two years, the 5’8″, 165-pound bayou waterbug has gone from driving a beer truck, schlepping kegs for a Budweiser distributorship two doors down from the Saints practice facility, to leading the NFL with 1,950 total return yards (1,504 kickoff, 446 punt). At the NFL-ancient age of 29, with just a year of JV high school football and no college experience, Lewis began his journey through the darkest recesses of professional football like some kind of Dante character in shoulder pads. Now he’s 31, and fans have made him the leading vote-getter among kick returners in this season’s Pro Bowl balloting.”    –David Fleming, ESPN Magazine, December 10, 2002

Dante’s Infurniture, Brattleboro, Vermont

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“Beautiful furniture with soul” [. . .]    –Suzanne and Dante Corsano, Gallery Walk

Contributed by Roy Young (Bowdoin, ’03)

Rings Designed by Anne Fischer

Anne Fischer’s Works
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“And even as a second ray is wont to issue from the first, and mount upwards again, thus of her action, infused through the eyes into my imagination, mine was made, and I fixed my eyes on the sun beyond our wont, I did not endure it long, nor so little that I did not see it sparkle” (Par. I). Translated by Charles S. Singleton.    —Moss Online (retrieved on September 15, 2006)
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“Gloom of hell, or night bereft of every planet under a barren sky … never made a veil to my sight so thick nor of stuff so harsh, … as that smoke which covered us there, so that it did not let the eye stay open; wherefore my wise and trusty escort drew to my side and offered me his shoulder. Even as a blind man goes behind his guide that he may not stray or knock against what might injure or … kill him, so I went through that bitter and foul air, listening to my leader, who kept saying, ‘Take care that you are not cut off from me.'” (Purg. XVI.1-15). Translated by Charles S. Singleton.    –This Next

“Rome Journal; An Inferno of Vehicles Expands a City’s Circle of Suffering”

rome-journal-an-inferno-of-vehicles-expands-a-citys-circle-of-suffering“On a remarkably pleasant night in early August, Patrizia Dolcini, a 44-year-old hotel worker, was jolted from her sleep by a series of violent explosions just outside her first-floor bedroom window in one of Rome’s most upscale areas.
Ms. Dolcini ran outside, where others were gathering, as a frightening scene unfolded: more than a dozen parked motor scooters had burst into flames, transforming an entire intersection into an inferno. The blaze engulfed a nearby tree and leapt five stories in the air. Black smoke billowed above this city’s fairy-tale skyline. From a few blocks away, there came another explosion. Then, from a different direction, another.” [. . .]    –Brian Wingfeld, The New York Times, September 5, 2005

“Hannibal” (Ridley Scott, 2001)

hannibal-ridley-scott-2001Hannibal is set in Florence where the notorius Hannibal Lecter is posing as a medievalist and Dante scholar. He lectures on the Divine Comedy and recites poetry from the Vita nuova, as well as attends an operatic adaptation of the Vita nuova. Apart from these explicit references to Dante, there is also a sense in which the homicidal methods he employs mirror, contrapasso like, the sins of his victims, all of whom are in some sense bad. The noble folk, Starling and a nurse, are spared, despite HL’s ample oppourtunities to kill them. It is difficult to equate any of the movie’s characters with those of the Divine Comedy, although Lector does in a sense play Virgil to Starling’s pilgrim; but in his role as avenger of evil, serial killer, HL appears more like the wrathful Old Testament God.”    –Peter Schwindt

For a compilation of references to Dante in the film, see the post on the website greatdante.net.

Contributed by Peter Schwindt

Hell, Cayman Islands

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Contributed by Anna Booth (Bowdoin, ’08)

“Inferno” The Arches Theatre Company, Scotland

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Retrieved on September 15, 2006

See The Arches Theater Company, Glasgow, Scotland

“Dante’s Inferno: The Trilogy”

"Dante's Inferno: The Trilogy"

A film by Moda Entertainment (retrieved on September 15, 2006)