One of the great essayists of the English language. His Father Brown stories are also quite good, and are the ones that started the subgenre of the "priest detective". Haven't read his novels but want to. Which one should I start with?
I have a strong personal dislike of him. The more I learn about him, the more I dislike him. I'll be charitable enough to those who would jump all over me, to provide them with the ammunition that I have never read him, so there's that.
My understanding of Chesterton was based on flipping through TV channels until watching EWTN out of sheer curiosity on several occasions, and later wiki. The priests are big fanboys of this autist, and what I remember of the programs where they variously played/portrayed/explored Chesterton and his ideas, were these incredibly smarmy, maudlin, un-clever witticisms. What we, had they been made today on this Balinese puppet show, would correctly describe as "Reddit" (when even I am getting sick of that appellation).
I don't even need to cherry pick particularly hard, and just browsing through the below page vindicates my above assertion. Here are a few real corkers:
-Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere. -The only defensible war is a war of defense. -The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. -The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.
See what this faggot does? Now I know he did it /all the time/. "Harumph-harumph I'm so very clever I shall reverse the thing and say 'well the trouble about x and y is that y and x' harumph harumph dear me I'm so fat honey where's my cape and muumuu." It's not even that he's always /wrong/ (he often is), but that this little taste of him I've just had again, by way of illustration, is /fucking insufferable/. The literal Fedora of Christians, I'd take the bureaucrats or a Sam Harris over him any day of the week.
>>7650323 Between him and Kipling (Kipling BTFO in Heretics btw) I've been astonished at just how not-racist late Victorians seem to be. They don't even care. Chesterton says so what if blacks aren't as smart, they're still God's children. Kipling says so what if they're not as smart, if they can build the Empire we'll take them.
>>7650344 Not saying it's wrong, just that it's in the broad category of "things that will get you warned for saying in a university."
A couple months ago, I got really into Chesterton. My university has his complete works, so I was able to blaze through a ton of his stuff. I truly think he is one of the most original and under-appreciated writers of the 20th century. Wonderfully critical of modernity.
Ah, but you've been pre-emptively cucked by my intellectual honesty. And of course, it is literally and half after-the-fact not true that I have not read Chesterton, as wiki contains quotes (as did my above link). I found nothing not correctly confirming my preceding bias.
My fondest wish: imagining a perfectly ordered, depraved post-christian future with unending abortions - forever.
All to spite the fat faggot Chesterton in his false christ.
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