For Christmas from my mother in law I got this great little book called Platitudes Undone. It is a reprint of Holbrook Jackson's 1911 Platitudes in the Making, but there is something unique about it. It is a facsimile of an edition that was found in a San Francisco used book store, and this is what it said on the inside cover:
"To G. K. Chesterton with esteem from Holbrook Jackson."
This would be interesting enough on its own, but when you leaf through the pages further you find a book-lover's treasure: After every one of Holbrook's platitudes Chesterton has scrawled a rebuttal or an approval in green pencil crayon. It is quite an insight into the humour and the mind of the man. Here are a few ditties:
Holbrook: "A lie is that which you do not believe."
GK: "This is a lie: so perhaps you don't believe it."
Holbrook: "Familiarity breeds not contempt, but indifference."
GK: "But it can also breed surprise. Try saying 'boots' ninety times."
Holbrook: "No opinion matters: except your own."
GK: "Said the man who thought he was a rabbit."
Holbrook: "Socialism aspires to make the world a place fit for supreme beings. Modern civilization provides no place for them."
GK: "There will always be only one place for supreme beings; outside the city & called the place of the skull."