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Dantes Inferno

Donald Trump, According To Dante's Inferno.

Marthe Weyandt | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
Marthe Weyandt

I am hoping history will judge our current tumult and division as the sorts of growing pains which precede a new wave of civil rights for all. I wonder if all the fear, anger and division is like a nasty boil somewhere deep in Dantean hell--the poison must be lanced so we might breathe free again.

Tom Hanks Is No James Bond; 'Inferno' Proves It

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.29.2016 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "Inferno" (Sony Pictures) In the right role, when Tom Hanks is good he is very, very good. In the wron...

When a Stranger Doesn't Call

Francis Levy | Posted 06.14.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

What to do about those unanswered texts and e mails? It used to be phone calls, but voice communication is going the way of cursive writing. The probl...

Artist Michelle Gagliano Paints Dante's "Inferno"

Stuart Gunter | Posted 03.15.2016 | Arts
Stuart Gunter

Michelle Gagliano is a painter who lives in Scottsville, Virginia. She co-owns FOCUS Contemporary Art and is the Artistic Director for the Scottsville...

Virginia Poet Laureate Ron Smith Discusses the Seven Deadly Sins

Stuart Gunter | Posted 03.10.2016 | Arts
Stuart Gunter

Ron Smith is the Poet Laureate of Virginia. Through his teaching and writing, he carries the mantle of poet with pride and humility: proud in the crea...

This 'American Horror Story' Theory Connects Every Season In One Swoop

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.13.2016 | Entertainment

WARNING: Spoilers for all seasons of "American Horror Story." Ever since Ryan Murphy revealed that all of the "American Horror Story" seasons are conn...

An American Citizen Apologizes to the Iraqi People

Jeffrey Ruoff | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey Ruoff

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has confessed, given what we know now, he would not have authorized the invasion of Iraq, as his brother did. A politician with integrity should have followed that comment with an apology to the Iraqi people.

40 Contemporary African Artists Take On Dante's 'Divine Comedy'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.20.2014 | Arts

Wangechi Mutu, Yinka Shonibare, Aida Muluneh, Dante Alighieri. These are some of the brilliant minds involved in "The Divine Comedy," a contempora...

Treacherous Hospitality in the 'Game of Thrones' -- And Western Lit

James Heffernan | Posted 09.07.2014 | Books
James Heffernan

From Homer to George R.R. Martin, literature is fascinated with all the ways in which hosts and guests can betray each other.

Pope Francis Declares Jubilee Year for the First Pope Who Quit

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

This Jubilee Year, already begun, is in honor of a pope who quit. Not Pope Benedict XVI. We're talking about the first and only pope who willingly and on his accord stepped down from the papal throne before Benedict did in February 2013.

My Cornell Reunion: Parting the Big Red Seas of Time

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Randee Mia Berman

OK, I admit it. I'm a sap for nostalgia. So when my 40th college reunion reminder popped up in the email, I bolted into reverse. Who wouldn't want to "Reflect, Rekindle, Reconnect" -- words the Notable Class Reunion Chairs cooed in their beckoning letters to the alums.

What About Hell? Fiction and Fact

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Christians who still want to preach Hell, should at least know what they're talking about.

5 Terrifyingly Treacherous Hosts In Literature

James Heffernan | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
James Heffernan

Macbeth is surely one of the worst hosts ever dreamed up by a playwright, but he has plenty of company in literature as a whole.

Hell Is a Myth -- Actually, a Bunch of Myths

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

So why do we continue to have such a fascination with the hell of Dante's imagination? The sad truth is that Dante's hellish vision has been useful in promoting colonizing, crusades and "conversions" for the last 700 years

First Nighter: Bikeman, Thomas F. Flynn's Captivating 9/11 Memoir

David Finkle | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Because of the hell into which he was thrown with thousands, Flynn conjures moments reminiscent of Dante's Inferno. There are even echoes in his lines of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land. And what could be more understandable?

'Dante's Inferno' Is Way Funnier Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Comedy

While it may be the most famous portion of Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy," chances are you weren't laughing too hard if you happened to ever read "...

Telling the Difference Between the Church and Hell

Michael Pettinger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

I'm not fond of the words "conservative" and "liberal," particularly when they're used to describe Catholics. Being Catholic, after all, means being part of the Body of Christ.

Dante de Blasio's Circles of Hell

Matthew Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

The New York Times reports that Mayor-elect de Blasio is having second thoughts about living in Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor. The announcement came after a meeting with Mayor Bloomberg during which they discussed "the intricacies of garbage pickup."

What Dan Brown's 'Inferno' Teaches Us About Judaism

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

A thriller incorporating the work of the 14th century poet Dante Alighieri, 18th century philosopher Thomas Malthus and 21st century gene manipulation, the novel puts into perspective differences between Catholic and Jewish visions of hell, and the way our respective histories have shaped our contemporary circumstances.

Galileo's Journey to Hell and Back

Mario Livio | Posted 02.04.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

In 1588, shortly before he assumed the position of lecturer in mathematics at Pisa, the 24-year-old Galileo Galilei was invited by the Florentine Academy to present two lectures with an unusual title: "On the Shape, Location, and Size of Dante's Inferno."

Alzheimer's Journal: Tears for Yesterday

Marie Marley | Posted 11.10.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It was the first time I'd felt the full force of having lost Ed to Alzheimer's. The first time I'd cried about it. For in all those years, I'd never realized until right then just how much I'd loved Ed -- and loved him still.

Playa Odyssey

Tamsin Smith | Posted 10.23.2012 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

If one thinks about it, there is a heaven and hell inside each of us. Life most truly is (as Blake posits) a constant tug of logic and stability against unrestrained creative energy and chaos.

Lee Speigel

Israeli Scientists Search For 'Gateway To Hell'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 04.20.2012 | Weird News

It's an ancient legend: Located in scattered areas of Earth are openings, doorways, gates, if you will, to some unseen underworld, also variously refe...

Ask Pastor Paul: Answering Questions About The Afterlife

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Dear Pastor Paul, When I was eight I was taught two things in the same week. The first was that accepting Jesus was the only path to heaven; and the second was that there were a billion people in China who had never heard the name Jesus.

Regarding Rodin, A Grotesque Love Affair

Posted 01.31.2012 | Arts

Auguste Rodin was considered a master of modern sculpture, although he had no personal goal to rebel against the past. Perhaps that is why Rachel Knee...