"I am turning toward a kind of aesthetic mysticism… When there is no encouragement to be derived from one’s fellows, when the exterior world is disgusting, enervating, corruptive, and brutalizing, honest and sensitive people are forced to seek somewhere within themselves a more suitable place to live. If society continues on its present path I believe we shall see the return of mystics as have existed in all the dark ages of the world. The soul, unable to overflow, will be concentrated in itself. The time is not far off when we shall see the return of world-sickness – beliefs in the Last Day, expectation of the Messiah, etc. But all this enthusiasm will be ignorant of its own nature, and, the age being what it is, can have no theological foundation: what will be its basis? Some will seek it in the flesh, others in the ancient religions, others in art; humanity, like the Jewish tribes in the desert, will adore all kinds of idols. We were born a little too early: in twenty-five years the points of intersection of these quests will provide superb subjects for masters. Then prose (Prose especially, the youngest form) will be able to play a magnificent humanitarian symphony." Gustave Flaubert
Contribution to the Dante Society of America’s Canto per Canto series
by Joseph Nicolello
Between relocation, ongoing research, and misc. works, there has been little time for this regenerate Porson to share any news or, for that matter, even read much for leisure. But I am glad to have been part of this most worthy project, the Dante Society of America’s Canto per Canto series, of which the below is my official entry.
I recommend you take a look at the galvanizing selection of discussions, whether ye be an inveterate Dantean or one contemplating the aesthetic journey that is an unabridged reading of the Comedia.
I look forward to watching the project come into completion, and hope over the coming years to cross paths with many of the great contributors, and offer my thanks and admiration to everyone involved in Canto per Canto.