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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, July 28, 2002
    A big maybe
    It's sweltering. And the whole world is off to Llandudno in their caravans. Or so it seemed to me this morning while staring out from the holy table into a half-empty church, me overheating due to excess cover of manufactured fibres whilst imagining my erstwhile congregation overheating in traffic queues along the North Wales 'expressway'.

    Ah, well, maybe August will be quieter, I speculate, naively really because already next week there's three funerals to do. But they told us at theological college that we ought to balance 'action' with 'reflection' so I am hoping that this month I can rediscover the art of reading whole books cover-to-cover (ie, from the INSIDE).

    I am especially looking forward to engaging properly with Joe Sacco's PALESTINE, a serious political comic-book masterpiece (so the blurb says and my initial flicks-through seem to confirm) and with an unusual thing called THE ART OF LOOKING SIDEWAYS by Alan Fletcher, which is a vast trawl through
    all sorts of material, 'a primer in visual intelligence, an exploration of the workings of the eye, the hand, the brain and the imagination'. It's full of all sorts of stimulating material, words and images, funny and profound
    and it's the first ever book I've bought specifically for the coffee table, (A) because its too big and heavy to hold in your lap; and (B) because I've evidently reached that 'coffee table' phase in my life, whatever that means.