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March 07, 2005

Illustrated usury-blogging

I was going to rant about the bankruptcy bill, but luckily, the knowledgeable people have staked out that turf already, e.g., Julie Saltman, Scott Lemieux (I II), The Rude Pundit, and many others. I thought I might compile some research resources on the legislation, but Hilzoy beat me to it. Josh Marshall and Elizabeth Warren have even started a Bankruptcy Bill Blog.

I'm not sure what more can be said against a Republican initiative so base and venal as to give Instapundit second thoughts.

Then it hit me. What this debate needs is some visual aids.

Shown below is Dore's rendition of Geryon, a sort of residence advisor for the usurers in Dante's Inferno and the personification of fraud. (I can't seem to do anything right today. There are probably kids at home going "Man, that usury dragon looks so cool, I want to be a usurer!")

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Inferno -- Canto XVII
Geryon, Usurers (full-text)

"Look at the beast with the pointed tail!
He passes mountains, smashes walls and weapons!
Look at the one that smells up the whole world!"

This way my guide began to talk to me
As he signaled the beast to land on shore
Close to the edge of our stone-paved pathway.

And that repugnant picture of pure fraud
Came on, landing his head and his chest first,
But darting his tail out beyond the bank.

His face was the face of a saintly person,
So placid was the surface of the skin,
But his whole trunk was the shape of a snake.

Other representations of Geryon the Inferno by Dali, Moser, Nattini, and Birk.

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Well fortunately for the rest of us, teens who would find Dore's version of Geryon cool enough to become usurers themselves will not likely to finish undergrad school, much less be enough of a stiff ass to become a banker...

On the other hand, they might do well as loan sharks.

Oh man, I can never get enough Dante blogging. I have a nice stash of Moser prints that I collected from various historical checkpoints in Italy. Were the GOP illuminating the bankruptcy bill, I'm afraid I'd find it much more palatable.

Brilliant! And thanks for the link.

"Man, that usury dragon looks so cool, I want to be a usurer!"

It could be worse. Kids today, they could grow up to be lawyers.


. . . . I went home with the waitress like I always do. How was I to know she was with the Russians too? Send lawyers, guns, and money . . . . .

I wonder who that is, being taken for a ride, on the back of Doré's Geryon? ^..^

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