“Nel Mezzo del Cammin…”


Contributed by Patrick Molloy

Dante’s Kitchen – Dante Street, New Orleans

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Dante’s Kitchen Website

“Questa volta e’ diverso, Virgilio…”


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Dante Fried Chicken, Los Angeles

Dante Fried Chicken, Los Angeles

“Umberto Eco: ‘It’s culture, not war, that cements European identity'”


“‘When it comes to the debt crisis,’ says Eco, ‘and I’m speaking as someone who doesn’t understand anything about the economy, we must remember that it is culture, not war, that cements our [European] identity. The French, the Italians, the Germans, the Spanish and the English have spent centuries killing each other. Today, we’ve been at peace for 70 years and no one realises how amazing that is any more. Indeed, the very idea of a war between Spain and France, or Italy and Germany, provokes hilarity. The United States needed a civil war to unite properly. I hope that culture and the [European] market will do the same for us.’ . . .
So whose faces should we print on our banknotes, to remind the world that we are not merely ‘shallow’ Europeans, but profound? ‘Perhaps not politicians or the leaders who have divided us – not Cavour or Radetzky, but men of culture who have united us, from Dante to Shakespeare, from Balzac to Rossellini.’ ” [. . .]    –Gianni Riotta, The Guardian, January 26, 2012

Dan T’s Inferno Hot Sauces

“Dishes from Downunder… and we don’t mean Australia”    —Dan Ts

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“It began as a flicker in the eye of culinary adventurer and graphic designer Dan Taylor when he decided to get serious about a sauce recipe he’d concocted while he was in university. The sauce for chicken wings quickly became a great hit with friends and family. With the dawning knowledge that the recipe was more than just a wing sauce, Dan T’s Inferno Spiced Cayenne Sauce was born.
The name is a saucy play on Dante’s Inferno, the first book of the 13th century poem The Divine Comedy, which describes the poet Dante’s allegoric descent into hell.”    —Dant Ts

Contributed by Sally Ahlquist (Luther College, ’11) and Luisa Burnham (Middlebury College)

Sign Above Studio Entrance to “The Daily Show with John Stewart”


Contributed by Kavi Montanaro

Occupy New Haven


Contributed by Aisha Woodward (Bowdoin, ’08)

Artist Maruizio Cattelan’s Final Project


“The time has come: sooner or later it arrives for everyone. It’s not a painful moment and not even traumatic, it’s the natural evolution of a path of spectacular appearances and equally as many escapes, attempts to hiding away and revelations: Maurizio Cattelan is bowing out with one last exhibition. The retrospective All (from November 4th to January 22nd) at the Guggenheim Museum of New York (that Nancy Spector, head curator of the museum, has called “one last hanging”) is his most radical and visionary project. The reverse cone of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture thus transforms into a seventeenth-century transposition of a sort of Dante’s Inferno, crowded by thousands of sinners: the exhibition combines all of Cattelan’s works, suspended from the museum’s skylight in a new, total and extreme project that transforms visitors into lost souls and the tour of the exhibition into a descent into the underworld. It’s also true that the great conflicts between right and wrong, Paradise and Hell have been in the heart of Maurizio’s career.”    –Paola Manfrin, L’Uomo Vogue, November 2011

See also: L’Uomo Vogue’s interview with Maurizo Cattelan.

Learn more about Cattelan’s exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum.

Contributed by Patrick Molloy

Dino Di Durante, “Dante’s Inferno Animated” (2012)


Dante’s Inferno Animated is a film created with children in mind to give them the opportunity to learn Dante’s teachings about life while they grow up. The images are as compelling as the story itself.
The film tells Dante Alighieri’s journey through the first part of the afterlife, Inferno. It is organized circle by circle and recited in primitive Italian in Dante’s own words. Dante is guided by his hero Virgil through each circle of Hell and their subdivisions until they reach the center of the Earth and emerged to the other hemisphere into Purgatory.
It features over 50 original color illustrations from the upcoming Dante’s Inferno comic book and magazine series, put together in a series of animation clips that will delight a young as well as an older audience. All the images used in this animation film were originally created byDino Di Durante with the collaboration of Awik Balaian and Riccardo Patesi, under the artistic direction of Boris Acosta. It is worth clarifying that this film is not a cartoon, but an ‘animation’ that is recited, instead of spoken by the animated characters. In other words, there are no speaking characters, but only their motion with the recitation that accompanies the action seen in the film.”    —Dante’s Inferno Animated

Contributed by Sam Woodworth