Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Dawn Eden's Summer Reading Program

The NRO asked its contributors what they were reading for the summer. Dawn Eden, who was interviewed for a recent Gilbert magazine, had this answer, which I thought was also an excellent description of the Collected ILN's (that's Illustrated London News).

Dawn Eden

The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton: The Illustrated London News, 1908-1910, by G. K. Chesterton. The episodic nature of Chesterton’s weekly Illustrated London News columns makes them ideal summer reading; one can easily read this book straight through, or open it at any point and be sucked in. That the great British writer was a prophet is clear in his writings about the fads of his day; he finds aspects of them so timeless that his comments remain incisive. He not only saw the information age coming; he saw right through it: “Everything in journalism smells of the obituary notice. People talk about the haste and headlong precipitancy of journalism, but I have always been struck by the systematic slowness by which journalism contrives to keep behind the times.”

— Dawn Eden blogs at “The Dawn Patrol” and is author of the forthcoming book, The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On.

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