Why We Think Hell is Fiery: Dante’s Influence on our Modern Sinister Minds

We can thank Dante for those horrific dreams of burning in purgatory, The author of La Commedia (The Divine Comedy), considered a masterwork of world literature, Dante Alighieri was born Durante Alighieri in Florence, Italy, in 1265, to a notable family of modest means. His mother died when he was seven years old, and his father remarried,Continue reading “Why We Think Hell is Fiery: Dante’s Influence on our Modern Sinister Minds”

“The Plague” by Albert Camus

There is no more important book to understand our times than Albert Camus’s The Plague, a novel about a virus that spreads uncontrollably from animals to humans and ends up destroying half the population of a representative modern town. Camus speaks to us now not because he was a magical seer, but because he correctlyContinue reading ““The Plague” by Albert Camus”

Monster Monday or Monday Motivation?

The week has just begun, get out there and terrorize that village… err, attack that work project with the tenacity of a laboratory engineered superhuman.

My Shared Birthday with Robert Penn Warren

I share a Birthday with these two writing savages. I first read Robert Penn Warren in a community college class and fell in love with his drama, charm, and lively Southern characters. Anthony Trollop is simply a wordsmith. He used to wake up and write for two hours each morning before working at the postContinue reading “My Shared Birthday with Robert Penn Warren”