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

    Monday, February 09, 2009
    Not enough ugly beauty

    That's one of my favourite extracts from the 'alternative 2008' publication Stories from the City. Alternative in that 'The included pieces were selected from an open submission process that was promoted across the city'. I like Michael Sellars' piece because it is one of the few in the book which does actually deliver on the promise of being writing that 'looks hard and deep at Liverpool, the most written about in the UK after London and asks, for better or worse, what makes it special'. The collection is let down by burdening the reader with too many set-piece reminicences by people walking up Lime Street for the first time in years bemoaning the loss of memory palaces, voluntary exiles trying (unsuccessfully) to justify their commitment to a place they barely ever set foot in, and stuff by yet more people whose idea of Liverpool begins and ends at Lark Lane. Still plenty to make it worth a read, though. And I hope they do it again.