Heads and Tales

Heads and Tales - G.K. Chesterton - a colossal genius

Episode Summary

G.K. Chesterton was a colossal man in every way - including his genius.

Episode Notes

Physically, he was massive: 6 feet 4 inches tall, he weighed more than 250 pounds. Gilbert Keith Chesterton had a shock of hair that on many days looked like it had exploded out of the right side of his head.

His writing production almost defies belief: 4,000 essays, 80 books, several hundred poems, and numerous plays.

 

Heads and Tales blurb

Heads and Tales

text and drawings by Jim Stovall

In his forward to this book, Ed Caudill says:

"Jim Stovall writes in the introduction that he is “trying to caricature people.”  He succeeds, perhaps ironically in light of the fact that writers themselves are inevitably – sometimes tragically, sometimes commendably, usually unintentionally – caricaturing culture. This collection careens along the gamut from rich and famous to downtrodden and obscure.  Some of them, the readers will know. Others, I would take long odds, are unheard of among the perusers of this volume. There any number of lesser knowns whose names are fleeting but whose work is durable, whether in politics, 

letters, sciences, or elsewhere. Some are masters of other media, such radio or cinema or illustration."

Jim Stovall is a former journalism professor who writes and draws obsessively and occasionally inflicts his work onto an unsuspecting and largely undeserving public.