Here’s a terrific little article in the Gargoyle, published by the Malcolm Muggeridge Society. You’ll have to scroll down a bit to find the head of the article.
Experience the uncommon sense of GK Chesterton in this one-man show. Chuck Chalberg recreates a lecture as it might’ve been in London circa 1920. Come prepared to laugh and be surprised at Chesterton’s take on every modern -ism, and watch him be surprised too. He never quite knows what he’s going to say but it is always worth hearing.
“The opposite of funny is not serious.
The opposite of funny is not funny”.
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Preferred Seating at the show, Season VI of EWTN’s Apostle of Common Sense Series on DVD, Kevin O’Brien’s 12 CD Set The Innocence of Father Brown, and a picture with GK.
Preferred Seating at the show, Kevin O’Brien’s 12 CD Set The Innocence of Father Brown, and a picture with GK.
Preferred Seating at the show and a picture with GK.
If you don’t know, Fr. Boyd is President of the G.K.Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture. There is a short little interview you can listen to on Vatican News Radio by clicking right here.
St. Louis Chesterton Society member Richard Mayer spotted GKC in the Notable and Quotable section of the December 30 edition of the WSJ.
G.K. Chesterton on what constitutes smart social reform.
English writer G.K. Chesterton in “The Thing” (1929):
There exists . . . a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.” . . .
Some person had some reason for thinking [the gate or fence] would be a good thing for somebody. And until we know what the reason was, we really cannot judge whether the reason was reasonable. . . . The truth is that nobody has any business to destroy a social institution until he has really seen it as an historical institution. If he knows how it arose, and what purposes it was supposed to serve, he may really be able to say that they were bad purposes, that they have since become bad purposes, or that they are purposes which are no longer served.
But if he simply stares at the thing as a senseless monstrosity that has somehow sprung up in his path, it is he and not the traditionalist who is suffering from an illusion. . . . This principle applies to a thousand things, to trifles as well as true institutions, to convention as well as to conviction.
I wasn’t completely oblivious of this great man before attending the Annual American Chesterton Society Conference on August 4-6, 2011. Having met Kevin O’Brien and loving mystery stories, I had purchased the Father Brown audio collection some years ago. I not only loved the stories, but was utterly amazed at how Kevin changed his voice for all the characters. I also listened to Manalive some time ago; and, being a Secular Franciscan, read Chesterton’s Francis of Assisi.
Recently my husband, Deacon John Scotty Wainscott, at the invitation of Kevin O’Brien, attended a few of the St. Louis Chesterton Society meetings. John then told me that he was going to be involved in the production of Magic, a play by Chesterton, at the annual meeting to be held in St. Louis. I immediately decided that I wanted to attend the conference, and that in preparation for that, I must become more familiar with this great defender of our Catholic faith.
I read Dale Ahlquist’s Common Sense 101, which I highly recommend to everyone. I also read the Ballad of the White Horse and began Chesterton’s autobiography.
The conference itself was quite an experience! I was impressed with all the speakers and all for different reasons: Dale Ahlquist is a “natural.” He’s intelligent, funny, and impressive.
Although I knew something about the Battle of Lepanto, I had not yet read Chesterton’s version. Christopher Check’s explanation of the ballad and his excellent presentation of it (despite the enthusiastic cheers from the teens in the adjoining room) were outstanding.
Of course, being a Secular Franciscan, the talk by Carl Hasler was intriguing. I read again today about the brief meeting between Francis and Dominic and how they shared a common vision. I look forward to listening to the audio tape so I can glean enough information to share with my Fraternity.
As I’m totally unfamiliar with Chesterton as a poet, I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Moore-Jumonville’s talk and did order Chesterton’s first book of poetry for my personal reading pleasure.
Since I had read The Ballad of the White Horse, but had little understanding of it, I was very grateful for Dr. Accardo’s explanation. Possibly this ballad, more than anything else described at the conference, affected me most as seeing Chesterton as a good Catholic man!
Griffin’s Battling for Elfland is something, unfortunately, of which I remember very little. It is obvious I have to listen to that recording soon.
Chuck Chalberg’s Chesterton was excellent. The surprise was the high pitch of a BIG man’s voice. What he said though, was a great preamble to Dr. Worner’s talk on Saturday, and helped me in understanding that presentation.
Leah Darrow is a heroine to me. She has a story that needs to be told and needs to be heard by people of all ages: teens, because through Leah, they can see there is a better life than drugs and sex; adults, because they and realize that there is hope for all. Whatever one does can be forgiven and a new life can begin. Leah’s is a story of the incredible mystery of our God: death and resurrection.
Because of my personal involvement with Magic, I won’t say much about it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and my favorite character was Dale’s. I know how hard Scotty worked at putting this together, and I believe the outcome was well worth his effort.
Because I dearly love Father Brown, I sincerely appreciated Dale’s comments about the mysteries and how they came about and Chesterton’s model for this much loved detective.
Eleanor Nicholson certainly surprised me with her remarks about Percy Shelley. Contrasting him with Chesterton was a great exercise and obviously took a lot of research. I appreciate her energy and enthusiasm.
I believe the speaker who impressed me the most was Dr. Worner. I realize he had his Power Point Presentation, but the facts on those pages were minimal compared to the great amount of information he presented (and without any notes, as far as I could tell). Following Chuck Chalberg made so much sense. Chuck set Dr. Worner up. I think I learned more from his presentation than any others. I was truly amazed.
I believe I’ve been “reeled in.” Because of my job responsibilities and my responsibilities to the Secular Franciscan Order, I always have a lot to read. You can be sure that I will now have something from Chesterton that I will be working on simultaneously. I already have, and will continue to use Chesterton in the writing I do for the parish in which I work and for the fraternity. I already look forward to next year’s conference and hope by then, I can honestly begin the second year of my novitiate.
The below I found while reading “The Corner” blog at National Review Online.
I have had for many years a great ambivalence toward G. K. Chesterton: I enjoyed his works back when I read most of them (which was decades ago) but have since found his too-often-quoted bons mots irritating in their appropriation by lesser men, for lesser causes. You know what I mean: The “Prophet Chesterton” warned us against gays/feminists/Muslims/liberals/etc. I can imagine a perfectly decent and intelligent person thinking Oscar Wilde shallow, for similar reasons: He was after all a great man, not reducible to his quips and his political usefulness to the present day. (It rather reminds me of the commonplace, “I like Elvis OK, it’s just his fan club I have a problem with.”) So I have found the terrific new biography of Chesterton by Ian Ker an excellent corrective, because it gives us a portrait of the man in full, in which his personal faults and various opinions find a helpful context. (more…)
Bill Powell has found GKC’s own definition of Distributism, such as it is. Distributism isn’t so much a system of thought or a practical program as it is an attitude.
In The Everlasting Man, Chesterton said “Art is the signature of man” and mentioned the “prehistoric” cave art of Lascaux in France. The art in the very recently discovered Chauvet Cave is much older and evidently better preserved, but in the same general style.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a documentary film that examines Chauvet in great detail (and in 3-D) playing in St. Louis through May 19th at the Hi-Pointe Theater. This is as close as you’re going to come to being there to see what GKC was talking about.
Here is a review from the St. Louis Beacon.