The Tenth Circle of Hell is a Cycling Class

“Tonight I looked into the abyss. It’s full of muted blue lights with a woman named Nancy yelling at you over a cardio remix of The Police’s ‘Message in a Bottle’ while you’re furiously pedaling toward nowhere at all. [. . .]

“I’m unsure if I’ll be returning to the spin bikes that sit at the mouth of hell, forever moving and not moving into oblivion at the same time. I don’t know if my body could every forgive me if I did it to myself again. Sure, others love it and return time after time. Power to them.” [. . .]    –Gabe Bergado, Medium, June 9, 2016.

You can read the full article and more of Gabe Bergado’s work on Medium.

10th Circle of Hell: iTunes

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10th Circle of Hell: DMV

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This image was posted to FunnyJunkSite.com, labeling the Department of Motor Vehicles as the tenth circle of hell.

10th Circle: Sycophants on Social Media

“If Dante would be alive today and visited India, he would have added a tenth circle of Inferno (hell) in his famous poem, Divine Comedy, and assigned it to Sycophancy on the Social Web. He wouldn’t have to resort to allegory, it is all over Facebook, Twitter and comment boxes on blogs, for everyone to see…
“Sycophancy is defined as the overly fawning behaviour of a suck-up. A sycophant is a person who attempts to win favour at the cost of his own pride, principles, and peer respect…
“Dante would have been certainly shocked by the new fad of thoughtless hero worship in India’s IT hubs, universities and urban hang outs where the youth of the country are subjected to and fall victim for modern propaganda. Dante would have been surprised at the idiots, despite having a degree or two can’t apply the least bit of logic or discerning to what they are told by the media, politicians and the rest of the carpet baggers.” — cited from Sreedhar Pillai on Lasting Rose, July 16, 2013

“Dante’s Tenth Circle” by Deborah Tennen

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In Ravenna, Italy, archivists recently discovered a lost canto of Dante’s Inferno — what appears to be the tenth circle of Hell. The ninth circle was previously understood to be the lowest point of Hell reached by Dante and his guide Virgil before ascending on their journey toward Paradise. A portion of the 14th-century manuscript, translated into English prose, is reproduced below.
‘Virgil,’ I cried, ‘Those shades–burning, immersed in human excrement, trapped in icy waters. I thought I had witnessed the basest of all sinners. So who are these figures I now see? Do my eyes betray me, or are their heads fully absorbed in the derrières of others? And who are these individuals whose bottoms are swollen due to the immense size of the heads there immersed?’ [. . .]    –Deborah Tennen, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, October 25, 2012

Contributed by Steve Bartus (Bowdoin, ’07)

Claire’s: “the Tenth and Final Circle of Hell…”

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“If poet Dante Alighieri had had a daughter, and if there had been a Claire’s – the little girl accessory retailer – in Florence back then, I am sure the author of the Divine Comedy would have included the store as the tenth and final circle of Hell” […]     –Lisa Gibalerio, Belmont Patch, July 5, 2011

The 10th Circle

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

Contributed by Ruth Caldwell

Jodi Picoult, “The Tenth Circle” (2006)

jodi-picoult-the-tenth-circle-a-novel.jpg“Bestselling author Jodi Picoult’s The Tenth Circle is a metaphorical journey through Dante’s Inferno, told through the eyes of a small Maine family whose hidden demons haunt every aspect of their seemingly peaceful existence.” [. . .]    –Gisele Tuoeg, Amazon

See also: the film “The Tenth Circle” (2008)

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

“Tenth Circle Added to Rapidly Growing Hell”

tenth-circle-added-to-rapidly-growing-hell“CITY OF DIS, NETHER HELL. After nearly four years of construction at an estimated cost of 750 million souls, Corpadverticus, the new 10th circle of Hell, finally opened its doors Monday. The Blockbuster Video-sponsored circle, located in Nether Hell between the former eighth and ninth levels of Malebolge and Cocytus, is expected to greatly alleviate the overcrowding problems that have plagued the infernal underworld in recent years.”    —The Onion, September 23, 1998

Contributed by Ted Reinert (Bowdoin, ’05)