Blawg Review #86, by Colin Samuels at Infamy or Praise, is quite extraordinary. For starters, we especially appreciated this law blog post, lawyers sentenced to haiku purgatory, without appeal, written by David Giacalone in his inimitable style. But there's much more to enjoy in this issue of Blawg Review, which is as entertaining as it is informative.
In this painting, Dante Alighieri is shown holding a copy of his epic poem The Divine Comedy. He is pointing to a procession of sinners being led down to the circles of Hell on the left. Behind him are the seven terraces of Purgatory, with Adam and Eve representing Earthly Paradise on top. Above them, the sun and the moon represent Heavenly Paradise, whilst on the right is Dante's home city of Florence. The illustration of Florence is self-referential, depicting the recently completed and much celebrated cathedral dome inside which the fresco is painted.
Blawg Review #86 at Infamy or Praise is based upon the second cantica of Dante's Divine Comedy, Purgatorio, and is thus a sequel of sorts to last December's Inferno-themed edition organized around the nine circles of Hell.
Last year, Colin Samuels received the highest praise from the Goddess of Justice and Law for his wonderful presentation of Blawg Review #35 based on Dante's Inferno, the Blawg Review of the Year 2005. This year's awards will be presented here on December 25, 2006.