we climbed up,
far enough to see, through a round opening, a few of those fair things the heavens bear. Then we came forth, to see again the stars.
Dante, The Inferno
We live in a world of great mediocrity and falsity
Dante tried to write paradise. And I think each of us in his own way is looking for some little taste or glimpse of paradise.
Nick Tosches speaking about Dante
on Michael Silverblatts radio show, Bookworm, 2002