Fancies Versus Fads

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A Collection of 31 essays from G.K. Chesterton.

“I have strung these things together on a slight enough thread; but as the things themselves are slight, it is possible that the thread (and the metaphor) may manage to hang together. These notes range over very variegated topics and in many cases were made at very different times. They concern all sorts of things from lady barristers to cave-men, and from psycho-analysis to free verse. Yet they have this amount of unity in their wandering, that they all imply that it is only a more traditional spirit that is truly able to wander.” (From the Introduction) (7 hr 33 min)


Introduction 7:32 Read by Larry Wilson
The Romance of Rhyme 39:23 Read by realisticspeakers
Hamlet and the Psycho-Analyst 32:07 Read by John
The Meaning of Mock Turkey 21:20 Read by Linda Johnson
Shakespeare and the Legal Lady 15:55 Read by Campbell Schelp
On Being an Old Bean 10:46 Read by Linda Johnson
The Fear of the Film 10:52 Read by Tomas Peter
Wings and the Housemaid 10:43 Read by Phil Chenevert
The Slavery of Free Verse 12:28 Read by thestorygirl
Prohibition and the Press 10:32 Read by Ciufi Galeazzi
The Mercy of Mr. Arnold Bennett 13:22 Read by MLC13
A Defense of Dramatic Unities 10:47 Read by MLC13
The Boredom of Butterflies 9:40 Read by Larry Wilson
The Terror of a Toy 8:43 Read by Justin S Barrett
False Theory and the Theatre 11:24 Read by tommack
The Secret Society of Mankind 12:59 Read by Ciufi Galeazzi
The Sentimentalism of Divorce 11:00 Read by Linda Johnson
Street Cars and Stretching the Law 13:00 Read by thestorygirl
Why Reformers Go Wrong 11:40 Read by Greg Giordano
The Innocence of the Criminal 12:30 Read by tommack
The Prudery of the Feminists 9:54 Read by Brian James
How Mad Laws are Made 10:59 Read by April6090
The Pagoda of Progress 11:11 Read by thestorygirl
The Myth of the 'Mayflower' 11:36 Read by Kathleen Moore
Much Too Modern History 9:55 Read by Kathleen Moore
The Evolution of Slaves 13:32 Read by Kathleen Moore
Is Darwin Dead? 13:59 Read by Kathleen Moore
Turning Inside Out 22:58 Read by Linda Johnson
Strikes and the Spirit of Wonder 11:02 Read by Ciufi Galeazzi
A Note on Old Nonsense 11:41 Read by April6090
Milton and Merry England 40:16 Read by Linda Johnson