Reimagining American Community

BpYuYUaIMAIGQI5.png-largeUnder the inspiration of Paul Bowman’s GK Chesterton/Keith Richards Photoshop excellence, I’ve been looking in to other potential connections between these two thinkers.

To carry this project to the next phase, I’ve compiled a set of quotes from the two men, seeking to highlight points of mutual influence, potential disagreement or friction, and fruitful synergy.

Gilbert Chesterton and Keith Richards: Sometimes it’s very hard to tell the difference. But usually it’s super easy!

1.  “An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.”
2.  “I looked upon myself, in a sort of romantic and silly way, as like a laboratory.”
3.  “The aesthete aims at harmony rather than beauty. If his hair does not match the mauve sunset against which he is standing, he hurriedly dyes his hair another shade of mauve. If his wife does not go with the wall-paper, he gets a divorce.”
4.  “I’m an unpure purist, something like that.”
5.  “All the exaggerations are right, if they exaggerate the right thing.”
6.  “I don’t wave a flag for anything. I’m a musician.”
7.  “Man is always something worse or something better than an animal; and a mere argument from animal perfection never touches him at all. Thus, in sex no animal is either chivalrous or obscene. And thus no animal invented anything so bad as drunkenness – or so good as drink.”
8.  “There are certain guys that are band players and there’s certain guys that ain’t. If there’s anybody lazier than me, it’s Eric [Clapton].”
9.  “Art, like morality, consists in drawing a line somewhere.”
10.  “Drugs, I think people make far too much of it.”
11.  “The word ‘good’ has many meanings. For example, if a man shoots his grandmother at five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.’
12.  “Some guys have a hard way of saying I love you.”
13.  “When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?”
14.  “I wanna hold you/I gotta hold you/Hold you baby close to me/Close to me.”
15.  “Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.”
16.  “I would rather be a legend than a dead legend.”

About the Author
Born and raised on Manhattan, a small island in the Atlantic, Susannah Black received a degree from Amherst College and another one from Boston University. She has written for The Distributist Review, Front Porch Republic, Amherst Magazine, The L Magazine, and (in her young and foolish libertarian days) National Review. Having moved back to the New York area, she is now taking her stand in Central Queens, helping to run a sort of boarding facility/rental commune/household for her relatives and friends out of her great-grandparents’ big old house. She is also obsessed with tall ships and in the summers can be found helping to sail a schooner in New York Harbor. She blogs at