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Dante for fun: kids books that retell the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso


As mentioned, I'm in Florence, Italy with my daughter for a speaking gig. We toured the Palazzo Vecchio on the first day, and happened on a bust of Dante, and I began to explain the story of Dante, his exile, and the way he damned all his enemies to the most grotesque tortures in his epic poem. My kid was fascinated -- being sentenced to an eternity to boil, head down, in a lake of filthy blood, is pretty fascinating when you're six!

When we got to the gift-shop, we discovered an improbable set of childrens' picture books that retell Dante for young people: it's called "Dante for fun" and it comes in three volumes (naturally): Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.

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Boyett's Mortality Bridge: Rock n' roll Dante meets Orpheus

Mortality Bridge is Steven Boyett’s first book since his comeback novel Elegy Beach, published last year as the 25-years-later sequel to his breakout novel Ariel.

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Peek at the Tetris God at work

Here's a rare peek into the celestial kingdom in which the Tetris God decides which shape to send you next.

The Tetris God (via Geekologie)