Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy Birthday E. C. Bentley

Edmund Clerihew Bentley was born July 10, 1875. A schoolmate of Chesterton, he created while still in school the humorous verse form that bears his name, the clerihew. Chesterton wrote some clerihews, too, but his main connection with clerihews consists of his illustrations for some of Bentley's.


In honor of Bentley, a clerihew:

E. C. Bentley
knew just what to do
with a clerihew.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Chesterton sighting!

In a recent opinion piece about sex, The War on Chastity, Russell Shaw cites G. K. Chesterton:

G.K. Chesterton got a lot of things right. Here's one: "The moment sex ceases to be a servant it becomes a tyrant." Evidence for the destructive consequences of tyrannical sex abounds in wrecked relationships, wrecked families, and wrecked lives.

Good piece, well worth reading.

Pax et bonum

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Chesterton before God ( a cinquain)


G. K.
Chesterton stood
before the throne of God
telling a rollicking tale, and
God laughed.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Chesterton Scholar, Fr. Leo Hetzler, Passes Away

Father Leo Hetzler, C.S.B., a noted Chesterton scholar who helped launch the annual Rochester Chesterton Conference, died May 18, 2017, after a short illness. He was 91.

St. John Fisher College in Rochester, where he taught for many years, has a write up.

The article notes: "Fr. Hetzler then spent several years teaching in Canada in the 1960s, where he began what would become his lifelong interest in the Chesterton Society.  In 2002, he inaugurated the annual Chesterton Conference at Fisher, and in 2007, he became the first recipient of the Life Achievement Award presented by the American Chesterton Society."

I also quoted him in an article I wrote about Chesterton for the newspaper I used to work for.

May he rest in peace

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Gilbert in transition; spat over

I just got the latest Gilbert.

In it, Dale Ahlquist announced some changes in the magazine, prompted in part by financial necessity, though I wonder if there some other factors in play.

Whatever the case, there have already been some changes, and there are apparently more in the works.

I wait to find out what Gilbert will become. It's been an important part of my life for a number of years now - one of the few print magazines I still receive, and the only one I read cover to cover.

One change that has occurred (on my part) is the end of a mini feud.

Last fall I noted in a snarky post that for some reason none of my clerihews had been published in more than five years - despite the fact that they had been appearing regularly for several years prior to that. I had submitted a number of them during those black hole years, but none of them surfaced. I wrote to ask what as going on, and even spoke to Dale.

Then, suddenly, after almost six years, one of mine appeared in the last issue. I wondered if it was a fluke. But this new issue contained another one.

Maybe they had all been buried under a slush pile and with all the rains this year the slush finally washed away to reveal them.

Whatever the case, thank you editors.

Why, I may even start submitting some more recent ones!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Chesterton, the poet

Over at Social Matter, there was a brief look at Chesterton as a poet:  "Poets: G. K. Chesterton"

Interesting read - praise for his poetry from a non-Chestertonian.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Peter Maurin - Chesterton and Belloc did not have blinkers!


A Few Englishmen

R. H. Tawney said
that the Englishmen wear blinkers.
Because they wear blinkers
the Englishmen
lack vision.
Because they lack vision
the Englishmen
are very strong
for supervision.
And supervision
is not a substitute
for vision.
A few Englishmen
got rid of their blinkers.
Among the Englishmen
who got rid of their blinkers
one can name:
William Cobbett,
John Ruskin,
William Morris,
Arthur Penty,
Hilaire Belloc,
G. K. Chesterton,
Eric Gill.
The best of all
is Eric Gill.

(This is one of  Peter Maurin's Easy Essay printed in the New York Catholic Worker. Maurin, along with Dorothy Day, created the Catholic Worker movement.)