Lecture 84: The Spice of Life

G.K. Chesterton says that he stopped reading novels when he began to be a reviewer of them. Yet he keeps writing about the books that he really has read, long after he has read them. His favorite novel is Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, but he says he read Pickwick only once, yet has walked [...]

ACS Books Launches “The Hound of Distributism”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE HOUND OF DISTRIBUTISM: A Solution for Our Social and Economic Crisis MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (March 27, 2012) – ACS Books announced today the release of its groundbreaking book on Distributism, the thought provoking idea that what is good for politics and business is not always good for society, but what is good for the family [...]

Lecture 83: The Man Who Was Orthodox

Trivia question: from which of Chesterton’s books come the following famous quotations? You cannot evade the issue of God, whether you talk about pigs or the binomial theory, you are still talking about Him. Now if Christianity be… a fragment of metaphysical nonsense invented by a few people, then, of course, defending it will simply [...]

Lecture 82: Where All Roads Lead

One could argue that this was the first book that G.K. Chesterton wrote after his conversion. It was originally a series of magazines articles published in 1922, just after Chesterton was received into the Catholic Church, but the articles did not appear in book form until 1961. It is here where Chesterton gives as his [...]

Lecture 81: Lunacy and Letters

After Dorothy Collins had assembled a posthumous Chesterton book consisting of previously uncollected essays from his Illustrated London News columns, she did the same thing with his earlier columns from the Daily News. The result was Lunacy and Letters. (But because Dorothy’s filing system perhaps left something to be desired, two of the essays in [...]

Lecture 80: The Glass Walking Stick

G.K. Chesterton lived on an island. It was called England. And yet, he was always strangely “envious” of another island – the one where Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked. It had something to do with the mystic in him, the longing for quiet contemplation, for self-sufficiency, for the poetry of limits, the romance of thrift. It [...]

Lecture 79: A Handful of Authors

We are only now beginning to appreciate the task that faced Dorothy Collins as she attempted to deal with the mountain of uncollected Chesterton essays written for various newspapers and magazines during his long literary career. As she went about the work of deciding which essays to gather into books, she was rightfully overwhelmed. There [...]

Lecture 78: The Surprise

It is somewhat aggravating that G.K. Chesterton wrote so few plays. He had an obvious gift for witty dialogue, creative plots, unforgettable characters, and best of all, for presenting profound and complex ideas in a clear and entertaining manner. He managed to get two plays produced – Magic and The Judgment of Dr. Johnson – [...]