Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Coming up ...

... a report on the G. K. Chesterton conferences last weekend, but first, a bit of Elliott Smith (poor lad, RIP).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love Elliot Smith - shame the computer at work won't let me hear it.

Ches, it was great to meet you and your wife at the weekend. Thank you so much for alerting me to the conferences which made for a really stimulating weekend. Please drop me a line on lees@cantab.net and I'll let you know when I'll be passing your way and hopefully we can catch up again.

Fellow readers, I am delighted to report that Ches speaks as well as he writes. He delivered an excellent paper on the Ballad of the White Horse with some fascinating insights into the nature of time and memory in the poem. Ches' reflections made me think about one of my favourite novels, The Unconsoled, where time and memory are very fluid and the result is profoundly disorientating, but compelling. A number of other pieces I have read recently were brought to mind too, in particular RG Collingwood on The Idea of History, which includes an examination of the effects of logical positivism on the study of history: historians becoming obsessed with discrete empirically verifiable facts at the expense of any narrative history and an examination as to motivations. It seems that GKC was deliberately refuting this mode of looking at history by adopting the epic ballad form and seeking to capture the essence of a time.

Toby