“The Devil Wears Crocs”

the-devil-wears-crocs“With modern presidencies, we have to watch the poignant tableau of such leaders realizing that they have squandered their chance for greatness even as they suffer the indignity of rejection by those who once sought their blessing.
These painful periods for W. and Bill Clinton, falling low after starting with such grand hopes, are recounted in two new books. . .
The pen-and-tell by Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer, ‘Speech-less,’ is being denounced by some former Bushies and Republican commentators as a ‘Devil Wears Prada’ betrayal. (Except, in this case, the Devil wears Crocs. Preparing to make a prime-time address explaining why the 2008 economic bailout wasn’t socialism–‘We got to make this understandable for the average cat,’ the president tells his speechwriters–W. pads around the White House in Crocs, an image that’s hard to get out of your head.)
‘The guy is a worm,’ Bill Bennett told Wolf Blitzer about Latimer, adding: ‘He needs to read his Dante. He probably hasn’t read The Inferno. The lowest circles of hell are for people who are disloyal in the way this guy is disloyal, and at the very lowest point Satan chews on their bodies.'” [. . .]    –Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, September 26, 2009

Dante Sneakers for Kids


(Photo by Liza Dey of Dante’s Inferno Spookhouse, Coney Island, NY)

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Contributed by Virginia Jewiss (Humanities Program, Yale University)

The 10th Circle


The New Yorker, September 24, 2007 (retrieved on January 15, 2008)

Contributed by Ruth Caldwell

The 7th Heaven


Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2007, p. A2 (retrieved on January 15, 2008)

Contributed by Ruth Caldwell

“Wickedly Whimsical Jewelry”


Vogue, September 2006 (retrieved on September 15, 2006)

Rings Designed by Anne Fischer

Anne Fischer’s Works
“And even as a second ray is wont to issue from the first, and mount upwards again, thus of her action, infused through the eyes into my imagination, mine was made, and I fixed my eyes on the sun beyond our wont, I did not endure it long, nor so little that I did not see it sparkle” (Par. I). Translated by Charles S. Singleton.    —Moss Online (retrieved on September 15, 2006)

“Gloom of hell, or night bereft of every planet under a barren sky … never made a veil to my sight so thick nor of stuff so harsh, … as that smoke which covered us there, so that it did not let the eye stay open; wherefore my wise and trusty escort drew to my side and offered me his shoulder. Even as a blind man goes behind his guide that he may not stray or knock against what might injure or … kill him, so I went through that bitter and foul air, listening to my leader, who kept saying, ‘Take care that you are not cut off from me.'” (Purg. XVI.1-15). Translated by Charles S. Singleton.    –This Next