Saturday, September 27, 2014

On the Dante Trail trail: Week 0

No, friends and readers, the title of the post doesn't contain a redundant typo, it describes the upcoming gratuitously self-indulgent journey we are about to embark on following in the footsteps of Rod Dreher as he follows in the footsteps of the famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri, whose footsteps have repeatedly been followed in since sometime after his death in 1321. That's a lot of footsteps following if you ask me.

So since there cannot possibly be anything new and interesting to learn about Dante himself which hasn't already been documented far more richly elsewhere, it's fairly obvious that what we'll be discovering along our journey will be Rod's and, derivatively, my own aesthetic sensibilities as they are variously stimulated along the way.

If you can imagine a Rick Steves food and architecture tour focusing our breathless anticipation on someone like Oprah Winfrey's overstated moment-by-moment account of their overall sensible experience as they bite into a creamy gelato while their bottom explores the contours of an antique Italian chair, I think you'll have a good idea of the excitement to come.

Not only will we be following a follower, we'll also be following the follower's followers as they follow him themselves, giving us the richest aesthetic Moralistic Therapeutic Conservative sensibility experience possible .

I can't wait.


  1. Since I no longer follow anything written at TAC, I have been out of the loop for quite some time. However, I was curious about one thing. Are the wife and kids going with RD on his "Dante Pilgrimage"?

    I do think your description of TAC as "moral therapeutic conservatism" was very apt — rem acu tetigisti.

  2. View from Rod's Future (after Florence, he decides to move to Paris for good):

    1. This guy has been crowned King of Hipsters. He is a barista by day, naturally. At night he “crafts” bespoke quince preserves, locally sourced from micro-gardens surrounding Paris (collected on a carbon neutral vintage tricycle, with handwoven basket made from twigs foraged in the Tuilleries. On weekends he teaches Torah classes to disadvantaged refugees from the Upper East Side who have fled to France, escaping New York’s unaffordable rent. And he maintains a blog about curling methodology of whiskers.

    2. I like how the hat is tall enough to accommodate Rod's spiked 'do without mussing it. heh.

    3. I like one of the comments to the photo:

      Who let him out of the house wearing those glasses.? However the rest of his outfit looks très normal