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

    Saturday, August 07, 2004
    The path of the righteous man...
    Saturday night moral dilemmas. The TV channels have put up The Shawshank Redemption against Pulp Fiction this evening. Now I know which one people would expect the vicar to watch - the worthy tale of two men carving out a deep, supportive, and unlikely friendship through tough times. I have seen The Shawshank Redemption before and it is a wonderful story.

    But the competition is too great. I admit that my eyes will be on Pulp Fiction (again, again). I love its artistry, its characterisations and bleak humour, and of course its soundtrack, over its violence. It holds within it some small stories of redemption and if Samuel L Jackson's Jules is to be believed, it's also biblical: Ezekiel 25 verse 17 to be precise...

    (... which proves nothing except that the scriptures can be pretty dubious texts, and serve some pretty dubious purposes. Is nothing sacred?)