Milton Glaser
The Siren's Call: Riffs on Dante
The Siren's Call: Riffs on Dante

I was all prepared to hate Seymour Chwast's graphic novel of Dante's "Divine Comedy." Even though we're talking about Chwast here — colleague of Milton Glaser and Edward Sorel's, cofounder of Push Pin Studios, premiere American illustrator and designer of all things, whether magazine covers, typefaces or postage stamps — I couldn't help it. You're going to turn the great 14th century masterpiece of Catholic theology, Italian history and Dante's private life into a comic strip? Are you kidding me? Once you take a minute to breathe, you realize that Chwast isn't trying to replace the original. What the book's title makes...