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I wonder why I don't read more Belloc?
In the ordinary way of things, if one likes this (Agatha Christie,  Shakespeare, or cheddar), it would seem reasonable that one would like that  (Ngaio Marsh,  Ben Jonson, or stilton) which seems so similar.
G.K. Chesterton, whom we read often, worked so long and so closely with Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953), particularly on issues of…

When G.K. Chesterton died on Jun 14, 1936, about six months after Rudyard Kipling, both men were long out of fashion, By now, as they recede in our vision, surely we ought to have some sort of consensus on both men.
Not hardly.
Each author still has devoted fans and each makes some people angry.
Why, after so long?
To be sure, Kipling was…

A few weeks ago, we touched on The Art of Memory, by Frances Yates, well known scholar of the Renaissance.
When that book came out in 1966, it caused some stir. Her subject, the history and kinds of mnemonics, was novel to the public; moreover she argued that the traditional use of these techniques fed, eventually, into the world of Renaissance…

Many will recall the famous passage from In the Search of Order, where Voegelin analyses Hesiod's invocation of the Muses and how the Muses "remember" the gods of their divinity.
Memory is an elusive and fascinating topic. How often we wish we had a “better memory “may be witnessed by the number of books,  on public library shelves,  that offer patent mnemonic…

Among the scholars, of course Eric Voegelin comes to our mind, and Hegel (rather as Batman brings to mind the Riddler), and among the poets, along with Goethe and Rilke, Stefan George.
Now, at this point, July 2009, what we know about Stefan George [is the common knowledge of the ignorant and] could be summarized as:
Item: Once, he was famous.
Item: Now,…

In the 1930's, Hutchins had reorganized the undergraduate program at Chicago around a core of "Great Books" taught by the Socratic method. There were no electives. Hutchins backed this with a "Great Books Foundation" and an intensive, and popular, adult education program. (Incidentally, he abolished football at Chicago in 1939.)
In 1942-3, William Benton, a former advertising executive and a friend…

The approach of our annual meeting and friendly suggestion leads me to a few words on Metropolitan Toronto, pronounced "To-rawn-to", also, T'rawna, and "T.O."
A minor point regarding our telephone system: in Toronto you have to dial ten numbers, that is, include the area code. For example: 416-555-5555, not just 555-5555.
First, the essence. What we have is a Scots-English-Irish core, formerly…

In the 7th of July 2008 issue of the New Yorker , Mr. Adam Gopnik published "The Back of the World" (G.K. Chesterton's 'The Man who was Thursday') and Chestertonians are still sore as a gumboil.
What that has to do with Voegelin? A good deal, I think, but first let's look at the article, or a bit of it.
By the…