(Image courtesy of Leonora Roy)
Will that help save us at the end? (Whatever that end might be for each of us.)
On Wednesday, Michael did a post about the weather in Chicago and how it affected the muses of his writing friends.
Words Crafter wrote a fun post on how Michael's article influenced her own imagination:
Global warming. North Korea's threats of nuclear attack. Economic upheaval.
Hollywood whistles in the dark at our collective fears with movies like WHITE HOUSE DOWN and THIS IS THE END.
But every era has its limited shelf-life. What do we do when that expiration date comes for each of us?
(G. K. Chesterton's self portrait)
G. K. Chesterton died on this day in 1936.
In his last years, Chesterton broadcast a popular series of talks on BBC radio — about books, but only as they gave opportunity for the medley of humor, anecdote and opinion for which he had become famous.
His last talk, titled “We Will End With a Bang,” was aimed at T. S. Eliot and the next-gen pessimists who, he felt, were overdoing the pointlessness point:
I have been intensely happy in the queerest and the quietest places.
I have been filled with life from within in a cold waiting-room in a deserted railway station.
I have been completely alive sitting on an iron seat under an ugly lamp-post at a third-rate watering place.
In short I have experienced the mere excitement of existence in places that would commonly be called dull as ditch-water.
And is ditch-water really dull?
Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun….
How has imagination served you lately?
What do you think will be your saving grace in the dark?