Monday, April 28, 2008

Chesterton's Ghost Appears, Suggests Fans Find "Other Interests"

Maureen Martin's latest at InsideCatholic:
... "He is really tired of reading Chestertonian platitudes and proverbs," said Griffin. "He is tired of fans dressing like him, imitating him, talking about how brilliant he is. He said the last straw was when someone named his dog after him."

"He told me that 'it's one thing to inspire people like Michael Collins, Ghandi, C. S. Lewis, and Martin Luther King, but quite another to inspire a generation of Catholics under 50 to be plain annoying.'"

Of Collins et al., Chesterton told Griffin, "They were inspired and they did something. I'd prefer you not be inspired and do anything."

Chesterton joked that while his friends Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton led lives that convinced people to help the poor and commune with God, that he, Flannery O'Connor, and Walker Percy were quickly becoming the patron saints of people "who just read all the time."


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At 4/30/2008 4:32 PM, Blogger rhapsody said...

I think this article is the ghost of an article she's done before...

At 4/30/2008 10:13 PM, Blogger Maureen said...

Hey Rhapsody,

Nah, it's the original ghost, except Gandhi is spelled correctly this time.

God bless, Maureen


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