Dante: Restaurant-Bar and Ice Cube

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[…] “Preserved in ice. Gaze down at the huge ice cube floating in your old-fashioned at Dante, the Italian-style aperitif bar in Greenwich Village, and you’ll have no doubt about where you’re drinking. Cut into the side of the frozen block is the bar’s poetic name.” […]   –Robert Simonson, New York Times, May 15, 2015

Read more about Dante’s award-winning success here.

Dante: 79-81 Macdougal Street, NY, NY 10012

 

“Map of Hell” on National Geographic Channel (May 2016)

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“Short of booking Satan himself, the National Geographic Channel could not have found a better celebrity guide than Danny Trejo for its Sunday special, “Map of Hell.” Mr. Trejo is everything you want in an underworld escort: scary, snarly, seeming as if he could reach out of the television set, slash your throat and eat you at any moment.

Credit his persona from the movies, where he tends to play extremely nasty characters. He takes enthusiastic advantage of that image here as he leads a tour of the evolution of ideas about hell, beginning with Virgil and proceeding to early Christianity, Dante, evangelicals and so on, with side trips to things like horror movies. […]”

–Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times, May 13, 2016

See also, Mark Strauss, “The Campaign to Eliminate Hell,” National Geographic, May 13, 2016

Valentino Dress at the Met Gala 2016

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Rachel McAdams in a gold-beaded Valentino dress with lines from Dante’s Divine Comedy.    —US Magazine, May 2, 2016

Contributed by Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio

“Nel Mezzo”

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Nel Mezzo: A Little Trip through Dante’s Inferno
Contributed by Bryce Livingston

Nathan Sawaya, Lego sowers of discord?

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Weezer, “L.A. Girlz” (2016)

Weezer-LA-Girlz-Dante-Beatrice-2016“L.A. girls, please act your age
You treat me like I have the plague
It’s the Gyre and Gimble in the wabe
L.A. girls, please act your age
Sweeten up your lemonade
And meet me down at tower twenty-eight
So would you mind if I was pregnant?
I’ll sleep on the edge of your bed
Like Dante and Beatrice
We’ll light up our candles
But how is this going to end?
The kids are asleep
We’re haunting their dreams
And some women swear it’s more painful than labor
To die with your sins on your head” — Weezer, “L.A. Girlz,” The White Album (2016)

Watch the video for the song on YouTube.

Contributed by Megan Alvarado (University of Texas at Austin, ’18)

Jessica Jones and Hell

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In the 10th episode of Marvel’s “Jessica Jones”, the supervillain Kilgrave (The Purple Man) holds a young woman named Hope hostage and quotes, “Abandon Hope, all ye who enter here. That’s the words written on the doorway to Hell.”

Contributed by Stephanie Hotz, University of Texas – Austin

“Esattamente il 7 aprile del 1300” Gif

Gif posted April 7, 2016, on the Facebook profile “Se i Social network fossero sempre esistiti“:

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Contributed by Chiara Montera (University of Pittsburgh)

Brussels as a “hellhole” (according to Donald Trump)

28trumpbelgium-web2-articleLarge […] “Now Donald J. Trump has upset the already beleaguered people of Belgium, calling its capital, Brussels, ‘a hellhole.’ ” […]

“A Twitter user using the name Berlaymonster (Berlaymont is the headquarters complex of the European Commission in Brussels) posted what appeared to be a modified version of the Wikipedia entry for Dante’s “Inferno.” The list of chapters showed Limbo, Lust and Gluttony. The fourth chapter? Brussels.” […]  —Dan Bilefsky and Claire Barthelemy, The New York Times, January 27, 2016

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Berlaymonster, Twitter, January 27, 2016

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Guy Raffa on Dante and Same-Sex Love

In a response to Rod Dreher’s 2015 book How Dante Can Save Your Life, Guy Raffa (creator of the Danteworlds website) discusses the question of same-sex love in the Comedy:

Raffa-on-Dreher-Dante-Same-Sex-Love-Pop-Matters“In his otherwise fine explication and application of the Divine Comedy, Dreher badly misunderstood—or just plain missed—Dante’s view of same-sex love. […]

“The point can’t be made often or forcefully enough: getting Dante straight means getting him gay, as well. When it comes to the sex or gender of the people we love best, Dante doesn’t give a fig. This is something that Dreher and other serious readers of Dante ought to know.” — Guy Raffa, What Rod Dreher Ought to Know about Dante and Same-Sex Love,” Pop Matters