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

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Contributed by Kavi Montanaro

Occupy New Haven

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Contributed by Aisha Woodward (Bowdoin, ’08)

Comcast Rant

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“Though I haven’t read Dante’s Inferno in its entirety, I have read enough excerpts over the years to realize that back in 1300, I’m pretty positive that Dante was extremely forward-thinking. In describing his descent into hell, he was obviously creating an allegorical representation of what it’s like to call Comcast customer service with a simple billing question on an innocent enough summer Wednesday in 2011. Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate, the gates of hell read as Dante enters. ‘Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here.'” […]    –Sheena Moore, Spend Matters, July 22, 2011

Lee K. Abbott, “One of Star Wars, One of Doom” (2007)

lee-k-abbott-one-of-star-wars-one-of-doom-2007“The story follows Mr. DeWine, a high school civics teacher looking for the love that will bring meaning to his middle years, and the two alienated students who plot death, havoc, and woe.”    —Fantastic Fiction

“The first reference is to the two high school boys who shoot up the school as ‘founding members of the ninth circle.’ (Abbott) The second reference is made by Mr. DeWine as he notes a student’s inscription on a desk in his classroom, ”Abandon all hope,’ someone has scribbled. Dante-what a bozo. Blame the whole fiasco on Beatrice.’ (Abbott) This reference foreshadows the outcome of the story.    –Katie Tiller

Contributed by Katie Tiller (University of Texas at Austin)

“Supernatural” and Dante’s Purgatory

supernatural-and-dantes-purgatoryIn a 2010 episode of the TV show Supernatural, the alpha vampire makes a reference to Dante citing the very real location of Purgatory. The vampire says that the King of Hell is looking for this place because it is where the souls of vampires, and other creatures, go when they die; and he is also interested in it because of its proximity to heaven.    –Taylor Beaver

See the article by Sandra Gonzalez in Entertainment Weekly, November 6, 2010

Contributed by Taylor Beaver (University of Texas – Austin, ’11)

Season 5, Episode 10 of Supernatural, is titled “Abandon All Hope…” and aired in 2009.

Contributed by Stella Mattioli, University of Virginia ’15

“For Mets, Gloom and Doom…”

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“‘Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.’ That’s what I would write if I felt like paying $395 for a commemorative brick outside the Mets’ ballpark. That sentiment from the poet Dante Alighieri’s Inferno is applicable to the new baseball season, normally a time of hope, but not in Queens, not this year and maybe not anytime soon.” [. . .]    –George Vecsey, The New York Times, April 2, 2010

Prof. Teodolinda Barolini on EA’s “Dante’s Inferno” Video Game

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Entertainment Weekly, February 26, 2010

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See also: “Abandon All Poetry, but Enter Hell With an Attitude” by Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times, January 29, 2010

Kozik’s Inferno (2000)

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“Kozik’s Inferno” is a twelve-episode animated version by Frank Kozik, a rock n’ roll poster artist in San Francisco. It was featured as an internet cartoon in 2000. (Produced by W!ldbrain, Inc.)

Watch video episode here.

Contributed by George Evelyn

Troy Duffy, “The Boondock Saints” (1999)

troy-duffy-the-boondock-saints-1999“About one hour into the movie they go to a strip club to kill Ron Jeremy’s character. The door leading into the dancer’s room reads ‘Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here.'”    –Charlie Russell-Schlesinger

Contributed by Charlie Russell-Schlesinger (Bowdoin, ’08)

The New Yorker: “Abandon All Hope” (1998)

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From The New Yorker, January 1998

Contributed by Dennis Looney