The Nevada Chesterton Society
The Nevada Chesterton Society is a “set of highly well-intentioned young jackasses”. This is a title that our patron unwittingly gave to all Chestertonians when he penned it over 100 years ago, but you don't have to be young in fact to join; just in spirit. I think the man would have been surprised to know there would be societies dedicated to him years after his death. He probably didn’t consider himself worthy of such devotion, but we have stumbled across his works and found that “it is Good” and with a fanatical enthusiasm have decided that everyone should know this man. I am referring of course to the great 300 lbs philosophizing Roman Catholic Journalist, whom you never heard of, G.K. Chesterton. We can forgive you for not having heard of him. You really should have heard something by him, something about him or at least something against him, but alas that enormous figure has not diminished, but rather dissolved in our fogy modern minds. His influences are every where, from Gandhi to Michael Collins, from T.S. Elliot to George Orwell. He walked in a time of literary and political giants. In that court, he played sometimes the fool, sometimes the King, but always the sage. Most admired him, some rebuked him, and some trembled at the thought of him, but they all knew him. Like the Old Religion he served, he was a figure that you could not merely be dispassionate about. So we cordially invite you to come participate. Come to love or hate him, but come to know him.
The Nevada Chesterton Society holds regular book discussions on a monthly basis. We also host talks and forums, poetry reading, plays, all things Chestertonian. We usually meet in a pub or a restaurant; someplace convivial. No matter who you are, where you’re from or what you think you are most welcome to come participate. Refer to this site regularly for information on upcoming events. And visit the site of The American Chesterton Society for an abundance of material from G.K. Chesterton.
Contact Sharon Parker at 775-688-3021 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
September Meeting Information
Posted on: Thursday, September 01, 2011
July Meeting Information
Part III (Woman), chapters 9 through 12, and Part IV (Education), chapters 1 through 10. This is pages 114-161 in the Ignatius Press edition of the book. If the weather is nice, we may sit out on the back porch.
Posted on: Thursday, June 16, 2011
June 2011 Meeting Information
Also, please contact yours truly at the e-mail address above if you would like a copy of a short study guide that comes from the Sheed & Ward edition of What's Wrong, published in the 1940's.
Posted on: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
What's Wrong With the World?
GK notes in the dedication that he originally called this book "What is Wrong", which resulted in a number of comical incidents such as "many a mild lady" opening her eyes when GK remarked casually "I have been doing 'What is Wrong' all morning." :-) Anyway, this is GK's masterpiece on social and moral issues. He takes on everything from imperialism to feminism to education and beyond, in his usual merry and insightful style.
We will work our way through the book in four sessions, maybe five, and finish in time to have our now-traditional Oktoberfest.