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<b>Eulogy for Skip</b>

Eulogy for Skip

August 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Morgan
Mortal man may yet be saved, some say, but there is a doom upon the brutes: when it's over for Rover, it's over forever, and anything else is sentimentalism. That account may score points in certain quarters, but is it really so sound? If the goodness, peace, and joy that we experience in time are epiphanic of Eternity, then surely we ought to take such phenomena seriously, even when we find them in animals. Looking back on the life of a beloved family dog, Jason Morgan asks us to reconsider whether there isn't something beyond the sentiments, after all, and if so, whether man's best friend might not finally be spared the grave.

Bad Math and Poor Eyesight: Reconfiguring Dante’s Hellscape

Bad Math and Poor Eyesight: Reconfiguring Dante’s Hellscape

March 31, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Arnaud Zimmern
Dante's imagery in the Inferno is haunting. But, for all the care he took in crafting his canti, recent scholarship has revealed errors of scale and proportion in his descriptions of the infernal environs. Was he just a lousy arithmetician? Was he deliberately undermining his narrative with a bit of ironic miscalculation? Or are Dante's apparent mistakes in fact occasions for him to explore a fundamental question about man's redemption?