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

    Saturday, March 22, 2008
    The Holy Hard Shoulder
    Third Way is relaunching imminently. I've had an on-off subscription with the magazine over the years, valuing its mission to engage intelligently and intelligibly with the wider society but feeling like it speaks from a culture I don't quite identify with (ie, metropolitan media culture, the reason I also don't need 'national' newspapers very often, thanks very much).

    Despite my sniffiness, various editors have kindly found space for some of my writing in its pages, including academic work on football violence in the 1980s, reviews of REM and - surreally - Elastica in the 90s, and last month an article which owes quite a lot to the introduction to my book, which they wittily entitled The Holy Hard Shoulder.

    As the all-new Third Way should be out next week I hope I'm ok now posting a link to a scan of the article, here: [pdf, 10.7MB]. As a taster for those who might perhaps also buy the book, and the mag, as well.