CSL Daily 02/06/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Magician’s Nephew  took Lewis the longest to write of all the Narnia books  (almost 5 years, from ’49 to ’54).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.”

The Shocking Alternative
(Given as a talk on the BBC on 2/1/1942)

Q02-06 (Free Will)

CSL Daily 01/27/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer was published January 27, 1964; one of the last books Lewis prepared before his death.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.”

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
(Published on 1/27/1964)

Q01-27 (Business of Heaven)

CSL Daily 12/26/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The End of the Wine” is a poem published in Punch on Dec. 3, 1947; a revised version called “The Last of the Wine” is in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“In this world everything is upside down. That which, if it could be prolonged here, would be a truancy, is likest that which in a better country is the End of ends. Joy is the serious business of Heaven.”

Beyond the Bright Blur
(Published 12/25/1963; chapter 17 of Letters to Malcolm)

CSL Daily 9/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Surprised By Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by Lewis was published September 19, 1955.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Joy is not a substitute for sex; sex is very often a substitute for Joy. I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy.”

Surprised By Joy
(Published 9/19/1955)

CSL Daily 7/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Imagination and Thought in the Middle Ages is a talk Lewis gave on two nights in 1956, July 17th and 18th.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“[Flippancy] is a thousand miles away from joy; it deadens, instead of sharpening, the intellect; and it excites no affection between those who practice it.”

The Screwtape Letters XI
(Published in The Guardian on 7/11/1941)