“9 Times Marilyn Manson Was the Greatest Rockstar in Any Circle of Hell”

“Marilyn Manson, the man and his eponymous band, brought darkness back into the spotlight in the early ‘90s. Achieving popularity without a scalp scraped by butterfly clips or an official Pog line, Manson became the new face of fear. Fear of violence, sex, vulgarity, drugs, and most crucially Satanism. He was hailed by fans of alternative music, and reviled by the mainstream, as the self-styled Antichrist Superstar. Just like mythical depictions of the Anti-Christ, Manson has a silver (forked) tongue and an intelligence that few can comprehend. He is a cause for parents to fear their teenager’s headphones, coiled around their babies like the snake in Eden.

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In Manson, no creative force has brought such a vivid and lyrical depiction of Hell since Dante’s Inferno, the first part of the fourteenth-century epic poem Divine Comedy. The band’s back catalogue gives as nuanced and sprawling a Hell as Dante, taking listeners through all nine circles. Whereas Dante’s guide was Roman Poet Virgil, ours is the icon formally known as Brian Warner.”    –Daniel Wylie, What Culture, August 10, 2020

“Knowledge is Power” – Andrew Adom

“Knowledge is Power,” a literacy narrative by Andrew Adom in the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives, in which Andrew recounts his experience in first reading literary classics, such as Dante’s Inferno.

“RTW Adds SMPTE ST 2110 To Dante- And Ravenna-Compatible TouchMonitors”

“The new TM-Dante and TM-Ravenna units are now available with ST 2110 functionality, and existing owners can add this option via a free firmware update.”    —The Broadcast Bridge, May 7, 2020

Dante Labs Offers Whole Human Genomes for Coronavirus Research

“Dante Labs, a world leader in whole genome sequencing and data analysis, today announced the first part of its program to support global scientific research on Coronavirus, offering free genome sequencing services to research projects on Coronavirus.

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Dante Labs will provide free whole genome sequencing services to research projects related to Coronavirus, to sequence individuals affected with the virus. In the first part of the project, the company will provide free whole genome sequencing for 200 individuals.

‘This is only the beginning of the program,’ Dante Labs CEO Andrea Riposati declared, ‘We are receiving support from some selected partners to expand the program to thousands of samples worldwide. At Dante Labs, we thought hard about how we could help society in this emergency. We chose to donate to science what we do best: the whole genome. Genomic studies on Coronavirus can help us defend ourselves against this threat as well as the next one.'”    —Business Wire, March 11, 2020

itWikiCon 2020

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/ItWikiCon/2020 

“Super Bowl 2020 commercial for Dashlane drops you in terrifying password hell” – CNET

“In the minute-long spot, called ‘Password Paradise,’ a hooded mythological creature ferries a guy in a boat through swampy waters reminiscent of the River Styx in Dante’s Inferno. Ahead, there’s a bright, welcoming light and the sound of angelic voices. But to enter this paradise, the guy will need his password — which he’s naturally forgotten.

“The Charon-like creature prompts him to answer his security questions. No, it has be to the name of his first pet. You wanted to be a dolphin trainer when you grew up? Sorry, wrong answer dude!” [. . .]    –Leslie Katz, CNET, January 31, 2020.

Contirbuted by Trey Turney (The Bolles School, ’22)

My Cat From Hell Season 2, Episode 4 – “Pissed Off!”

On the season 2 episode of My Cat From Hell titled “Pissed Off!”, Rob tells Stephanie “It’s like going into… Dante’s Inferno of piss.” (My Cat From Hell, Animal Planet, January 28, 2012)

Contributed by Victoria Nicholls (The Bolles School, ’22)

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, S03E01

“It sounds insane to say but Sabrina’s journey through hell merged both The Wizard of OZ and Dante’s Inferno and it worked perfectly. Sabrina’s journey ends with a dash of Milton’s Paradise Lost and it’s all rendered is horrifying, beautiful images that would make any Renaissance poet swoon.

“It stands to reason that Dante, who took the most famous journey through hell in literature would get a shout out in Sabrina. She’s assigned to read it by her poor, formerly possessed teacher Miss Wardwell and from that gets the idea of finding a backdoor into hell, so she can save her boyfriend. Just doing Dante would be fine here, but we get the first hints of Oz as Sabrina gathers three friends to join her. And to get through hell, they need special shoes. Not ruby slippers though, but shoes of the dead. I guess the Ruby Slippers technically belonged to a dead person too, so well-played.

“After a spell that directly quotes Dante’s version of the inscription on the gates of hell – ‘Abandon all hope, ye who enter here’ – Sabrina, Harvey, Roz and Theo arrive in hell on the ‘Shore of Sorrow’ which sounds a lot like the way Dante arrives in hell himself, on the shores of the river Acheron (yes, Acheron is a term we hear in Sabrina for a trap for a demon). [. . .]”   — Jessica Mason, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Journeys to a Hellish Oz by Way of Dante’s Inferno,” Review (with spoilers!) of Season Premiere of Part Three of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2020) on The Mary Sue

The Periodic Table of Purgatorio

Check out a recent project by one of my students: Dante’s #Purgatorio done in symbolic, periodic table form. Paul Laffoley, eat your heart out.”    –@parttimemonk, Twitter, January 18, 2019

Check out the Mountain of Purgatory in Minecraft entry, referenced in the Twitter comments, on Dante Today here.

25 March: Dantedì

“Il Consiglio dei ministri, su proposta del ministro per i Beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo, Dario Franceschini, ha approvato la direttiva che istituisce per il 25 marzo la giornata nazionale dedicata a Dante Alighieri. ‘Ogni anno, il 25 marzo, data che gli studiosi riconoscono come inizio del viaggio nell’aldilà della Divina Commedia, si celebrerà il Dantedì. Una giornata per ricordare in tutta Italia e nel mondo il genio di Dante con moltissime iniziative che vedranno un forte coinvolgimento delle scuole, degli studenti e delle istituzioni culturali.’

“‘A un anno dalle celebrazioni dei 700 anni dalla morte di Dante’ – ha aggiunto Franceschini –  ‘sono già tanti i progetti al vaglio del Comitato per le celebrazioni presieduto dal prof. Carlo Ossola. Dante’ – ha concluso Franceschini – ‘ricorda molte cose che ci tengono insieme: Dante è l’unità del Paese, Dante è la lingua italiana, Dante è l’idea stessa di Italia.'”   –“Dante Alighieri entra in calendario: il 25 marzo sarà ‘Dantedì,'” La Repubblica (17 gennaio 2020)

Contributed by Ludovica Valentini (Florida State University, MA ’18)