Dante and World Blood Donor Day 2021


A comic book library in Italy has hosted an event to commemorate Dante on his 700th anniversary and blood donation at the same time.  The Fumettoteca’s director, Gianluca Umiliacchi and his staff have gathered comic books with Dante as a central figure to display.  They also note the many times the
Comedy references “blood” (sangue).  They calculate 47 times; or 54, if you include blood-related words.

“Il World Blood Donor Day – Giornata Mondiale del Donatore di Sangue, appuntamento internazionale, da anni vede la presenza degli eventi specifici e promossi dalla Fumettoteca Regionale Alessandro Callegati ‘Calle’ per la manifestazione mondiale, offrendo agli interessati l’opportunità acquisire sensibilizzazione sul concetto della
donazione ed eventuale riscontro il potenziamento della rete che garantisce le donazioni.

“Ecco, quindi, l’evento speciale dal titolo Dante del Rosso Sangue – Tracce di sangue nella Commedia, nel quale lo Staff Fumettoteca, scendendo in campo con la propria professionalità e conoscenza, attiva una Mostra esclusiva Online, una esposizione consultabile in sede e nella considerazione delle norme sanitarie messe in atto per la prevenzione, una apertura pubblica straordinaria nel pomeriggio di lunedì 14, dalle 14 alle 18. Presentare i fumetti danteschi, grazie al progetto FumettoDANTEca unico nel mondo, nelle varie situazioni che rimandano al sangue, è fattibile tenendo conto del fatto che tale termine ricorre complessivamente 47 volte nella Divina Commedia, 54 volte se si considerano le parole derivate, come nel caso de ‘il sanguinoso mucchio’, riferito proprio al massacro dei francesi compiuto in difesa da parte degli abitanti di Forlì.

“Una iniziativa, fuori da ogni linea associativa, per rappresentare un legittimo ringraziamento ai tantissimi donatori volontari che da generazione in generazione si sono susseguiti, ‘Sono del parere che la donazione di sangue sia un atto straordinario’ – afferma l’esperto fumettotecario Gianluca Umiliacchi, donatore da oltre 40 anni – e per questo c’è bisogno di persone che facciano la propria parte, il Servizio Sanitario è presente per tutti, ma serve anche il contributo di tutti.’ Precisando, ‘La donazione garantisce terapie salvavita a tutti i pazienti che ne hanno necessità, questa nostra esclusiva proposta può apparire solo una goccia in un immenso oceano ma, attenzione, è quella goccia!’

“In questo 2021, l’anno di Dante Alighieri lo si celebra come letterato, teorico della politica, esperto di linguistica e filosofo, ma anche un comunicatore della scienza e delle conoscenze mediche del suo tempo. Ecco perché numerosi sono i richiami al sangue, come figura retorica e come elemento anatomico di cui ne descrive l’origine. Immancabili le proposte che si dimostrano, a ben diritto, esclusive oltre che innovative ed eccezionali, con ovvi collegamenti alle azioni fondamentali per raggiungere importanti Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile (SDGs) dell’Agenda 2030 dell’ONU alla quale la Fumettoteca Regionale Alessandro Callegati Calle’ aderisce consapevolmente.”    –Gianluca Umiliacchi

Heidi Wastweet’s Dante Medal (2006)

Dante Inventing Beatrice 10″ x 13″ Cast Bronze Limited Edition of 20

“I challenge this romantic notion of love. I see this Beatrice we know as an invention of Dante’s imagination. Here Dante, near death, is remembering the young beautiful Beatrice as he conjured her, never even having had an intimate conversation or ever having touched her. Did he regret having constrained himself by other peoples’ standards? Or did it bring him peace to keep her safely, purely, in his head? Did she know? Did she love him back? As he lay dying he imagines she is on the other side waiting to greet him. His isolated hand reaches out longingly but touches her only on the very pages that he wrote.”   —Heidi Wastweet

Heidi Wastweet is a leading American Medallist and sculptor working in the San Francisco Bay area. In conjunction with a wide variety of private mints she has produced over 1000 coins, medals, and tokens since 1987. […]”.
American Medallic Sculpture Association

Contributed by Ying Zheng

“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.

[. . .]

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.

[. . .]

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

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“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