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Don Calame
The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness
Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith, Dacher Keltner
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Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation - Seymour Chwast A graphic novel that could serve as a cliff notes to the original "Divine Comedy," but brings nothing of its own to the table. The only creative license is to update the clothing to something more modern, like from the 1930's and 40's, but it doesn't add to anything. Unfortunately, the simplicity of the illustrations doesn't connect well with the ideas, and the sparse narration is simply who is doing what and where. It's unsurprising at how hurried everything feels, since it took the three journeys and put them into single sitting digest, but even the memorable moments are glossed over in a rush to the end. If you're looking to remember what punishments happened in what layer of hell, it's a good reminder. But anyone who wants to read a new interpretation of the classic or get lost in a visualization of their favorite cantos is better off finding something else.