Reviewing T.S. Eliot’s The Cocktail Party for the WSJ, he delivers an opening that should thrill any artist who attempts any work that includes the exceedingly common yet somehow exotic human trait of religiosity:

“If you’re willing to suspend religious disbelief and give Old Possum a chance to do his stuff, then I suspect you’ll be transfixed by the stealthy skill with which he goes about the challenging task of making sainthood comprehensible to a secular audience”

“If you’re willing to suspend religious disbelief.” Fabulous.


  1. "Exceedingly common yet somehow exotic" ain't bad either.

    A few days ago, I finished a quick re-read of GKC's "The Man who was Thursday" (for fun), and think he might say that the reverse is also true: we who think ourselves somehow exotic, are, often enough, exceedingly common. For Chesterton, that is a consoling thought.


  2. Matthew Lickona says

    Indeed, especially since he belonged to a church that claims to be universal…

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