“Fall Sweeps”: A Dante Read-Along

DanteDetailLarge“Something is gnawing at the nape of your skull: on the one hand, your favorite fall shows are coming back…”

“You want to watch Boardwalk Empire—what will happen to Nucky Thompson, or Richard Harrow? You want to catch up on The Walking Dead, but then you remember that synaptic pruning, and a frightening question about the difference between you and an actual zombie floats through your head.

“The convenience of hour-long shows is that they often air on Sunday night, when you have nothing to do. We have a compromise. Don’t spend an hour on the latest would-be cable sensation; instead, tune in for the first season of The Divine Comedy, the hot, new (relatively speaking) series by Dante. Every week, ideally on Sunday at 9 P.M., read one canto—often less than 140 lines!—of what may be the best poem ever written. Season 1 is called the Inferno—think of it as your new Home Box Office.” [. . .]    –Alexander Aciman, The Paris Review, September 30th, 2013

See also Aciman’s Recapping Dante (the Inferno)