Smokin’ Guns Hell

“4th Circle – Motiveless Kickers: Condemned to obsessively kick each other.

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9th Circle – Wallhackers: Condemned to play against invisible opponents, and completely surrounded by fog.”    –Biondo, Lame Clan, June 19, 2011

Learn more about the first-person shooter video game, Smokin’ Guns, here.

“Every Major Piece of Art Featured in Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Apesh*t Video”

Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta appraised by Dante and Virgil (1835)

“This work by Ary Scheffer depicts a scene from Dante’s Inferno, but not just any scene. In it, Dante and Virgil can be seen watching Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta in hell. The reason they’re in hell? Infidelity. The pair fell in love and carried on affair, despite both being married. Upon finding out, Francesca’s husband, who also happened to be Paolo’s brother, murdered them.”    —Jesse Kinos-Goodin, CBC Radio Canada, June 18, 2018

Inferno – The Great Books Podcast

The 66th episode of The Great Books podcast featured a discussion of the Inferno hosted by John J. Miller. It was posted on National Review on January 15, 2019.

The Nine Circles of Libertarian Hell

Distributed-republic-blog-banner-nine-circles-libertarian-hellFirst Circle—The Virtuous Heathens: Those who care strongly about liberty in one particular sphere (e.g. freedom of speech, freedom of religious practice, the drug war, etc.) but don’t care much about it other spheres. These people are infuriating for their lack of general theory underlying their politics, but at least they’ve sorta got the right idea and can make themselves somewhat useful. This circle contains members of the NRA, ACLU & other such single-issue organizations, and is guarded by John Stuart Mill.

“Second Circle—The Lustful: Those who fall madly in love with a dim vision they have of a more egalitarian society and then hastily rush off to elope with it, without giving much thought about just how much promise there really is in the relationship. These people’s hearts are often in the right place but they show a frightening lack of concern for whether or not the policies they endorse are actually likely to accomplish the goals they desire. This circle is filled with innumerable bleeding-hearts and is guarded by Thomas Sowell. [. . .]    –Matt McIntosh, The Distributed Republic, June 30, 2007.

Read the full list of the “Libertarian circles of Hell” on the Distributed Republic.

Sergio Ucedo’s #Dante2018 Artwork

Sergio Ucedo is an Argentine illustrator and graffiti artist. Ucedo created a number of striking art pieces during the #Dante2018 social media movement, such as the above piece promoting the hashtag. Ucedo also created the artwork below, which was featured in an article about #Dante2018 on Perfil.

To check out more of Ucedo’s artwork, you can follow him on Instagram and Twitter, and also visit his blog.

You can read the Perfil article that featured Ucedo’s artwork here.

See other posts related to #Dante2018 here.

Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

“#Dante2018: la selva oscura que supimos conseguir”

“En mayo de 2014, un célebre usuario de Twitter realizaba un encomio de la red social en el blog TP, propuso interpretarla como un género literario sui generis, por cumplir con los componentes de tradición e innovación que debe exigírsele a cualquier tipificación del discurso que se precie de tal. Twitter tiene sus raíces en un género tan antiguo como el aforismo y, al mismo tiempo, barre con todas las categorías literarias modernas:

“Su naturaleza colectiva, masiva, interactiva, compuesta de usuarios que son a un tiempo escritores, lectores, personajes y críticos, y su rígida ley de los 140 caracteres bastan para consolidarlo como género literario autosuficiente. Pero Twitter no es un simple género más. Su excepcionalidad radica en ser a la vez género y obra, medio y mensaje, texto y contexto: aterradora máquina autopoiética, work-in-progress infinito que se autorregenera, se reformula, y se renueva segundo a segundo.

“Como si hubiera querido poner a prueba su propia teoría, Pablo Maurette, el responsable de esas palabras, lanzó en noviembre de 2017 una consigna: empezar el 2018 leyendo La divina comedia, a razón de un canto por día, y compartir opiniones, más o menos eruditas, a través de Twitter con el hashtag #Dante2018. La aterradora máquina autopoiética se echó a andar: miles de usuarios de distintas partes del mundo adhirieron a la propuesta, colocando a #Dante2018 entre los hashtags más mencionados en varios países de habla hispana los primeros días de enero. Es imposible diagnosticar hoy cuál pueda ser su alcance final. Maurette, entusiasmado, ya lo describe como el club de lectura más grande de la historia.” [. . .]    –Alejandro Virué, El Espectador, January 7, 2018.

See other posts related to #Dante2018 here.

Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

“#Dante2018, o la esperanza en la lectura”

“Estimado lector, alcanza con abrir una cuenta en esta red social desde su e-mail para participar en #Dante2018 (hashtag o palabra clave con la que accederá desde el buscador a los tuits al respecto). Con el teléfono celular o la computadora, todos los días tendrá acceso a cada canto de La Commedia, nombre original del poema, en su versión en la lengua creada por Dante y traducción castellana (http://guarna.in/dante/). Luego, aparecen los aportes y las referencias de usuarios en la red. Si de un laberinto se trata, este es el más amable: a nadie le importa el Minotauro ni dónde está la salida. Todos los aportes hacen a una edición comentada, “iluminada” (a la manera de los manuscritos medievales), lo que lleva a una lectura profunda y al enriquecimiento de esta en el debate colectivo.

“El profesor y escritor Pablo Maurette, impulsor de este fenómeno, no imaginó que su propuesta tendría semejante resonancia: ‘En la última encuesta, 2.500 personas confirmaron que leían. Muchas de ellas aclararon que leían con más gente en sus casas (gente que no votó, que no tiene cuenta en Twitter), y después hay muchos más en Facebook. Al menos participan tres mil personas’. También confirma que ocurre otro fenómeno, el pasaje de lo virtual a lo real: ‘Ya existen algunos blogs, gente haciendo cosas muy creativas, como ilustraciones, GIFs, incluso grafitis. Y para el fin de cada cántica estamos organizando eventos. Para el final del Infierno (sábado 3 de febrero a las 19) convocamos a un concierto en la Usina del Arte de Buenos Aires, con obras dantescas de Franz Liszt interpretadas por el pianista Leandro Rodríguez Jáuregui, seguido de una lectura del canto final del Infierno por Silvia Magnavacca, profesora de filosofía medieval y eximia dantista.'” [. . .]    –Ursula Ures Poreda, Perfil, January 27, 2018.

The above art is by illustrator and visual artist Sergio Ucedo. You can check out more of Ucedo’s work on his Twitter.

See other posts related to #Dante2018 here.

Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

Bárbara Pistoia’s Illustration for Purgatorio 33

Bárbara Pistoia is a visual artist and essayist. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Ensayos x la identidad (2007), and Matar al macho (2019), and in 2017 published Dinosaurios, a book of illustration. As part of the #Dante2018 social media movement, Pistoia created the above art of Dante and Beatrice for Canto 33 of Purgatorio.

To see of more of Pistoia’s work, you can follow her on Twitter and on her blog.  Additionally, Pistoia coordinates Hiiipower Club, an online space dedicated to hip hop culture and black artists.

See other posts related to #Dante2018 here.

Contributed by Pablo Maurette (Florida State University)

BioWare Animator Creates Gorgeous ‘Dante’s Inferno’ Short Film

“BioWare animator Tal Peleg released a new animated (NSFW) short film based on Visceral Games’ 2010 action title ‘Dante’s Inferno’ on Sunday.

“The game was loosely based on Dante Alighieri’s long narrative poem The Divine Comedy. But, it reimagines the poet as a Templar knight who goes on a bloody journey through the nine circles of Hell to rescue Beatrice from Lucifer.

“Peleg created his first ‘Dante’s Inferno’ fan fiction short four years ago. As a lover of both fantasy/medieval art and action-RPGs, he said in a recent behind-the-scenes blog post the game couldn’t have come out at a better time.” […]    –Stefanie Fogel, Variety, November 20, 2018

 

The 9 Circles of Beaumont Hell – and Who You’ll Meet There

“The Italian poet Dante Alighieri was kind of a twisted dude. His 14th-century opus, the Divine Comedy, led readers into the depths of a nine-layer hell filled with flaming tombs, rivers of boiling blood and giant worm-monsters. He spent plenty of time in the Inferno, the first part of the Divine Comedy, outlining all the sins that can get you a one-way ticket to Satan’s inner circle. But by 2014, a lot of those sins feel pretty out-of-date — we stopped burning heretics at the stake a while back, and I’m not even sure that simony is still a thing.

“With Dante’s colorful imagery in mind, I updated and localized his nine circles of hell as a reminder to Southeast Texans that if you’re not going to be polite because it’s the right thing to do, at least be polite to avoid retribution in the afterlife.” […]    –Beth Rankin, Beaumont Enterprise, December 6, 2014