Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

A Brain Swarming with Ideas, Not Thought

Bear with me, I’ve got a couple more posts on G.K. Chesterton to go. T.S. Eliot said of Chesterton: “Mr. Chesterton’s brain swarms with ideas; I see no evidence that it thinks.” Today’s passage, from a late collection called┬áThe Well and the Shallows, is a prime example of this. It is well known that Chesterton […]

Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

“Only If You’re New to Mail”: Gopnik on Chesterton’s “Conversion Sickness”

About a decade ago, Adam Gopnik wrote a long essay in┬áThe New Yorker on G.K. Chesterton and his works called “The Back of the World: The Troubling Genius of G.K. Chesterton.” Gopnik is both an admirer of Chesterton, but one with critical distance–meaning that he does not write hagiography and therefore deserves to be listened […]