2003-05-21 - 10:27 a.m.
The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to the First Level of Hell - Limbo!
Take the Dante Inferno Hell Test
Major shout-outs to Marc and Luis for pointing this one out.
I'm ultra-excited to see Dante coming back into popular culture (although did he ever really leave?) What drives me insane, however, is this crazy insistence on focusing solely on Inferno. You will never understand Inferno unless you read Purgatorio. And really, the Purg is so much better. Inferno is grotesque and sensational and, let's face it, fun fun fun, but the Purg absolutely glows in its humanity. I love Dante best upon that mountain. All of you, go out and find yourself a nice copy of Purgatorio. I reccommend Ciardi or Sinclair, among others. And of course, once you've read Inferno and Purgatorio, you really might as well finish up with Paradiso. I won't lie, Paradiso is hard. Hard along the lines of Milton's "Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce." Okay, maybe not quite as hard as DDD, but it still takes some will to get through it. But once you're finished, you've gone on this gorgeous incredible journey, the likes of which you will never take with anyone else.
So ends my plug for Dante Alighieri.
Read up, kiddies.
SIDE NOTE: R has agreed to let me name the eventual dog "Dante."
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