Doorways into Dante’s World

By Jessica Monk Dante’s Italian epic poem, The Divine Comedy, is a work as rich and populous as a walled […]

Following Caravaggio through Rome

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, called Caravaggio for the name of the small town in northern Italy where he grew up, was known for his disdainful perspective of the conventions of his art.

The Life and Times of Terry Southern: A Texan Gone Hollywood

by Byron Browne “Southern?” she asks, unsure about the word or even what part of speech it may be. “That’s […]

Rome’s Ultimate Guidebook: I, Claudius

by Jennifer Eisenlau Here is a novel idea for a visit to Rome: replace the guidebook with literary fiction.  I, Claudius will […]

At Shelley’s Grave: The Ineffable Calico Cat at il Cimitero Straniero

So I said, most impractically, to the obliging calico cat with yellow eyes, as we turned to depart the old Protestant Cemetery, that walled oasis of green quietude in the midst of hurried, cacophonous Rome.