Saturday, December 10, 2005

What the American Chesterton Society's blog is all about

If Chesterton had a blog, what would it have been like? In essence, he had a blog, his columns in the Illustrated London News (scroll down to Volumes 27-35 of the Collected Works), (some 1500 weekly essays, averaging 1452 words--I'm told by a Chestertonian expert). And what did he find to write about?

Sometimes, something happened to him at home, sometimes it was a pondering of some idea, sometimes about a book he read, sometimes on "current events" sometimes he quoted some column and then tore it to shreds.

We think Chesterton did a good job, and so we'd like to imitate him. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of thanks. Or something like that.

So, join us here for conversations about Chesterton, things that happen in the world, ideas we think about, books we read, current events and critiques of any or all of the above. Comment early, comment often. You do not have to "sign in" to this blog, you are free to comment as yourself or anonymously. However, the moderator (that's me-Nancy Brown) has the ability to edit and remove any uncharitable remarks. Let's strive to be as polite, friendly and kind as Chesterton here. Thanks!

15 comments:

  1. Gilbert will be so proud of you all. I look forward to reading this daily at tea time.

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  2. I think you should call it "The Adventures of Mother Brown".

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  3. That sounds like the title for a new book, written by Father Brown's mother, on how she raised her little detective to be the person he was.

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  4. Mark, that was one of the most cunning and awesome suggestions for a title I've heard.

    Nancy, you've got another book on your hands. Actually, such a pastiche would make excellent reading... I myself have pondered his path to his vocation... wondering if it was as tortuous as the one he led Valentin... and full of some rather remarkable Bible references: "but if SALT loses its flavour, replace it with SUGAR"...

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  5. "...and if you liked the soup but wish to make a 'splash' throw it against the wall as you leave..." (an extra-Biblical reference, I'm afraid)

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  6. I've long thought that the ACS should have a blog, so I'm delighted to see that it has finally happened.

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  7. Any chance that Dale Ahlquist and/or other ACS/Gilbert! people will post here occasionally?

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  8. Hi, Publius. Is this the same Publius who posts over on Mark Shea's blog? Yes, I'm sure some of the ACS/Gilbert Mag (we took out the ! two years ago) folks will post here occasionally, including the editor, who is me. :)

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  9. Hello from a founding member of the Denver GKC society!

    Best of luck to you!

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  10. Founding member? Pleased to make your acquaintance! Do you subscribe to Gilbert Mag?

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  11. Publius: If you check the "Appreciation" post, you'll see the founder of the ACS commenting there, how's that?!

    Welcome! Chestertonians Unite!

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  12. Just stopping by to offer my sincere glad tidings for such a timely (one might even say "late") notion. I have often cried out in sadness at the seeming lack of updates on the ACS site, and this should possibly go a long way towards satisfying my cravings.

    And of course, we can always use another Chesterton blog. I'll add you to the blogroll.

    Keep up the good work.

    Nick Milne
    http://gentlefuss.blogspot.com

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  13. Is this the same Publius who posts over on Mark Shea's blog?

    Yep, that's me.

    Publius: If you check the "Appreciation" post, you'll see the founder of the ACS commenting there, how's that?!

    Excellent. I hadn't looked into that thread yet.

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  15. I think Chesterton should be made some kind of honorary Doctor of the Church.

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