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In Paradiso, Dante sees the White Rose

by cheri block My guide Virgil has been weakened this month, so we could not meet at Elephant Bar to discuss the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso this past week. Looking more like a shade than a robust Italian, he answered … Continue reading

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The First Essay: Nietzsche’s blamers and warriors

by cheri block sabraw Nietzsche’s First Essay in his On the Genealogy of Morality traces the origins of our Western values. He bifurcates early human groups into two: the aristocratic nobles and the priestly/slaves. It would be understatement to say … Continue reading

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Ethel Barrymore and The Divine Comedy

The wallet bulged with the usual stuff: receipts, photos, credit cards and Lira. I sat in our car, waiting for Judge Blah to return the wallet and file our police report. The parking lot was vacant except for a few … Continue reading

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Irony and Amour-Propre

The thieves took our money and his watch and then tossed it away. Judge Blah’s backpack, bloated with the brown water of the Arno, sunk to the river’s floor, and there joined billfolds, fanny-packs, and other stolen things. Our driving … Continue reading

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The Half Circle of Hell

In Dante’s Inferno, the Roman guide, Virgil, escorts Dante deep down into the Earth through the Nine Circles of Hell. As they descend, we, the readers, savor Dante’s ironic and graphic descriptions of Gluttons, Flatterers, and Seducers, among the many … Continue reading

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