I just watched the fourth season of EWTN’s “G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense” and it is excellent as usual. The great thing about a series on Chesterton is that it is about impossible to run out of material and Dale Alquist does such an excellent job of presenting the thinking and writing of G.K. Chesterton.
This year is the 100th anniversary of Orthodoxy and I am current rereading this great book. Though this book should be read on it 100th anniversary and its 101,102,103,… and so on. What I love about Chesterton and especially his book “Orthodoxy” is that he writes in such a way that you see things anew and realize just how off you were in seeing reality. Sure his turns of phrase and effective use of paradox is one of the charms of Chesterton, but it is his ability to let you return to a childhood wonder that hooks you.
I also enjoy EWTN’s presentation “G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense.”
Watching “The Surprise” on EWTN was really a treat.
Dale Alquist does a great job.
Am I the only one that noticed both his children have hit the DNA Jackpot?
I should clarify. His children are very good looking, are incredible actors, musicians, and athletes, have exceptional intelligence, etc. Pretty much the DNA Jackpot.
I guess that’s what happens when Daddy reads Chesterton.
I love Chesterton’s work, at least that which I have read thus far. I haven’t had a chance to read Orthodoxy, though it is staring at me from my pile of books I am planning to get to in the nearby future. The guy at the bookstore commented on it when I bought it, saying that it was really excellent. I guess I might have to bump it up the list.
Orthodoxy audiobook is now at LibriVox website.
The Librivox team have done quite a few Chestertons, now, and of course I put up The Everlasting Man. It’s a movement!
I have to say, though, that Ahlquist occasionally overstates his case. Last night’s show was claiming that reading Chesterton would disincline you to read other authors.
Speak for yourself, sir!
Chesterton has a remarkable gift for making what interests him interest you. This definitely includes other authors. In fact, every essay, every book, and sometimes every side-reference by Chesterton recommending an author makes me want to rush right down to the library. (And while I’m there, load up on some related authors.) If Chesterton were a blogger, his posts would be full of linky love.
This is not to say that it is wrong to go through spasms of wanting to read only everything an author ever wrote. It’s not even wrong for Ahlquist to suffer such a spasm; in fact, it’s obviously useful to the world. But if Chesterton really made all other writers seem blah and unloveable, I’d be inclined to think him goblin fruit instead of the great writer (and great fan of other writers) that he is.
There is a set of mp3 audio files of Orthodoxy from Librivox,
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