Getting my Ass Kicked by G.K. Chesterton

Listen now (8 min) | I hate being out-written. But I love reading highly skilled writers. Is this a form of self-abuse? So this summer I’m reading G.K. Chesterton — and if that doesn’t sound exactly like beach reading, let me assure you, it’s ideal beach reading. He deals with big interesting ideas, in fiction as well as essays. And his essays/chapters are short and punchy, all ending with a tag like a great comic or classic copywriter might use. Or Shakespeare. He liked to end things on the button of a heroic couplet. Like

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