July with Gilbert and Friends

Join us for our July gathering on Thursday, 7/2, at Smith’s.  We will be discussing Chapters 10, 11 and 12 of What’s Wrong With the World.

Whether you’ve been with us from the beginning, pop in on occasion, or have not yet experienced the delight of an Albany Chesterton Society get-together, we hope to see you there!  Since our founding in 2012, Chesterton’s charm and wisdom have given us great literary enjoyment, but – more importantly – the supreme delight of friendship.


I Am What’s Wrong With The World

…but so is the proliferation of aschemiolatry*, which is the alienation of man from himself.  Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 8.24.29 AM

We will continue our unhurried stroll through Chesterton’s 1910 (or was it 2010?) collection of essays in June and July (& beyond).  On June 4th (7 o’clock at Smith’s), we’ll discuss essays 7, 8 & 9 of Part I, The Homelessness of Man:

7 – The Free Family

8 – The Wildness of Domesticity

9 – The History of Hudge and Gudge

*aschemiolatry:  (n.) The worship or cult of ugliness. H/T Thomas Bertonneau, who – as rumor has it – might possibly join us one of these summer evenings, in what would be our first ACS celebrity guest appearance since… well… er… hmm.

April Chestertoniana

WWWtWWhen: Thursday, April 9th

Where: Smith’s of Cohoes*

What: What’s Wrong With The World (Part I, essays 1, 2, & 3)

Who:  Chestertonians new & old (but never indifferent)

Why:  Because ideas matter, so we discuss them among friends

Next up:  In May, we will return to 1st Thursday to discuss essays 4-6


*If you haven’t finished the reading, come anyway! If you’re busy, take a few hours off to decompress with us.  If you’re shy, bring a friend (or simply be at ease listening – we have no shortage of talkers)!  If you’re bold, bring a progressive!  If you’re a parent of well-mannered children – bring them!  If you’re poor, bring a snack! (seriously, do not feel compelled to order dinner, but be assured there are some less expensive items on the menu).  But if you’re hungry, bring your appetite. 


plntgnetFebruary Gathering of the Albany Chesterton Society:

We will return to Smith’s of Cohoes on February 5th, at 7 o’clock in the evening, for a rollicking discussion of Chapters 7-12 of A Short History of England.

Deep thanks, once more, go to our dear friend Doreen and her family for hosting us on New Year’s Day. ‘Twas truly a delightful Elizabethan Tea and Lasagne, Kugel, and Chocolate Cake feast among kindred friends.

And what better (or more memorable) way to cap it off than a full-bodied chorus of God Bless America? We hope it’s the start of a new ACS tradition – if not every month, then at least every January 1st.  See you on the 5th.

Another Kindred Chestertonian Across the Sea

GK+Chesterton+Logo+4I love this emblem and banner* of the GK Chesterton Society of Ireland, a group that seems to have been started under similar auspices to our own, albeit a couple years prior, and with a far more impressive blog than our humble attempt here.  Mr. O’Ceallaigh is a prolific writer and a great ambassador to all things Chestertonian.

Here is an excellent lecture Mr. O’Ceallaigh delivered at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 2014, on the subject of Catholic Apologetics and Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation.

*Not only does his blog rally me to step up my game, but the Ireland group’s artwork has reminded me of an earlier daydream I’d entertained of commissioning our own heraldry (as befits any self-respecting Chesterton Society for necessary items such as flags and bumper stickers).