Monday, February 14, 2005

Omaha Chesterton Society Wrap

The Miscellany of Men was under discussion tonight at the bi-monthly meeting of the Omaha Chesterton Society. Being scheduled on St. Valentine's Day (not a great example of foresight!), the group was smaller than usual but the conversation was as lively and valuable as ever. Sister Rita made it over and was able to host us even though a couple of falls have led to a change of residence for her. Her unexpected presence made it especially nice. Newcomers Phil & Caryn joined regulars Jerry, Darren, Chet, Quint & Carol, Tom & Gerianne, Denny & Claire, and Sr. Rita for a pretty wide-ranging talk. After all, a book of essays covering very different topics will create that situation.

Like nearly all of G.K. Chesterton's work, Miscellany of Men is remarkably relevant to today's reader. Thus, his perceptive commentary, contained in journal articles first published before 1912, both enlarged and enlightened our understanding of today's politics, economics, culture wars, and more. Reading old books is definitely a good thing. Reading old GKC books is even better!

Next up for the OCS reading? GK's marvelous epic poem, "Lepanto," using the new Dale Ahlquist-edited version.