Virgil’s Exclusion

In Dante’s poetic epic The Divine Comedy, the pagan-Virgil serves as the Christian-Dante’s guide and teacher throughout the rings of the Inferno and ranges of Mount Purgatory. Virgil’s own epic poem The Aeneid had a profound effect on the “real-life” Dante, yet Dante recognized that Virgil and his Aeneid were articulations of a particular time,…

Bell, Nabokov’s butterflies, and S.J. Gould

Daniel Bell of “The Post-Industrial Society” prophesy, dies at 91 (Source: NYTimes, Jan25/11) Bell was something of a social prophet, announcing the end of global political ideologies such as the Communism of the USSR (See The End of Ideology). Later he predicted that service-based economies would come to supplant agricultural and industrial-based economies. He can be…