Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Why do we smile? Why do we laugh? Why do we feel alone? Why are we sad and confused? Why do we read poetry? Why do we cry when we see a painting? Why is there a riot in the heart when we love? Why do we feel shame? What is that thing in the pit of your stomach called desire?”

“I’m kind of a thinker, I observe people. That is a big part of what I do. I think about the situations I’ve had in my own life and people I know. When you play a character – at least a human character as opposed to an alien – people around you are the resource to your understanding of that character. Plus, I live in New York City so I see different kinds of people every day.”


Have you ever heard of this story? I’m talking about the horrifying legendary story that is passed down generations among the palace ladies.. Every night that the full moon rises.. Once the Majesty’s sleeping schedule is decided…
That man will certainly appear.
The one who covets the King’s women, making sure there is pain when they die.
The man who possesses fatal beauty.
The one who drinks living people’s blood.
The vampire.


They fell in love, and one fell dead and the other fell into the underworld to save her.He was courageous as he braved the darkness, but he was not brave enough to trust the word of death. As he walked from the underworld, he was afraid that his love did not follow him. On the final stretch he could no longer take it. He turned, and saw his love standing behind him. And in a second, she was gone, claimed once more by death.