“La sedia di Dante” [Dante’s Chair]

 “La sedia di Dante”: A rap by high school students about Dante, poetry, life.  Directed by Ian Giovanni Soscara, Forlì, Italy, 2017.

Contributed by Francesco Ciabbatoni and Anna Cafaro

Inferno V at Trattoria Fanny, Portland (Maine)

Trattoria Fanny, Portland, Maine

Clinton Road, New Jersey

Urban legend has it that this road has been witness to numerous ill-fated events, ranging from accidents to the occult and the criminal.  See the wikipedia page.  Photo by Bryan Calvo.

Contributed by Bryan Calvo (Harvard, ’19)

Eataly, NYC

Contributed by Susan Chen (Yale, 2020)

Libreria Dante, Merida, Mexico

Contributed by Donatella Stocchi-Perucchio

Dante’s Pizzeria, Chicago

Logan Square
3028 W. Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL  60647

Meredith Miller, Little Wrecks (2017)

Little Wrecks is set in Long Island in 1979 and features three young women’s journey through sexual trauma to transcendence.  Two characters discuss the Divine Comedy in the opening sequence and this discussion is revisited towards the close.  The novel is structured in three sections/canticles, titled “Resistance,”  “Reality” and “Resurrection.”  Each of these ends with the word stars. It features a character named Virgil (Mackie) who appears and exits mysteriously and is perhaps not entirely corporeal.  Virgil Mackie acts as a kind of guide for one of the central characters.  Virgil and Ruth have, early on, something like that conversation in which Virgil points out that the poet’s body stops the light and we note that Virgil’s does not. The final passage of the novel echoes language found towards the close of both Purgatorio and Paradiso – the santissima onda, etc. It’s final sentence is “There is a place for her, between the sun and the other stars” so that it ends with Dante’s words.    –Meredith Miller


“Dear President Bannon”


“Dear President Bannon,

“Congratulations on your upgrade to Malebolge, the Eighth Circle of the Abyss. This tier of our eternal rewards program is reserved for customers of our Fraud department, including flatterers, adulterers, hypocrites, and thieves. And what a dedicated customer you have been. ..” […]    –Nick Douglas, McSweeney’s, February 15, 2017


“The Age of Rudeness”


[…] “In the United States, Hillary Clinton calls half the supporters of Donald Trump “a basket of deplorables.” At first the remark impressed me. I approved of Clinton for her courage and honesty, while reflecting on her curious choice of words. “Basket of deplorables” almost sounded like a phrase from Dr. Seuss: It would be typical of him to put deplorables in a basket, for the moral amusement of his young readers. A sack or a box of deplorables wouldn’t be the same thing at all, and a swamp of deplorables is too Dante-esque; but a basket is just the kind of zany, cheerful container that makes light of the deplorables while still putting them in their place.” […]    –Rachel Cusk, The New York Times, February 15, 2017

Cover of Jacobin magazine (2017)