November 20, 2017
“The Napoleon of Notting Hill”
October’s gathering decided to continue our foray into the fiction of GKC by selecting the above title for our next regularly scheduled meeting. There is a “lecture” written by Dale Ahlquist on this novel (set in 1984!) to give you some background on the story which you can find at http://www.chesterton.org/lecture-6/. I recall some exciting battle scenes from my reading of it some years ago. I look forward to re-acquainting myself with the London neighborhood in which the story is set. Join us and give us the benefit of your literary criticism. And watching the movie “Notting Hill” (1999) will not suffice for adding to the discussion!!!
December 18, 2017 & beyond
And to give you the proverbial “heads up”, December will feature our traditional joy of discussing Chesterton and his love of Christmas. You can see http://www.chesterton.org/lecture-87/ for Dale’s view of this. Google will give you about 1,110,000 results with “chesterton on christmas”.
Looking all the way into 2018, January will (subject to revision at the 12/18 meeting) feature our examination of GKC as mystic using this definition; noun 1.a person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect. Robert Wild wrote a book in 2013 The Tumbler of God which addresses this exact topic and may be an excellent resource.
The above date represents the third Monday of the month and that is our regular meeting with a starting time of 7 PM (but come when you can and leave when you have to go). We will be found in the downstairs dining area of C. J. Muggs located at 101 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves in the historic Gorlock Building. The management has been very supportive of our meetings and our waiter A. J. has been exemplary in taking care of us. We have room to grow so please come and bring a friend/family member/enemy to experience the richness of G. K. Chesterton’s thought.