On two very different columnists and their two very different approaches to religion and column writing.
Lovely read Mic - thank you.
Marriot, like many before him appears not to have confused religious narratives with stories - it’s a glaring blind-spot, but I guess he’d try to escape the Lumiere’s steam train.
I read somewhere (might have been in The Fence) that Chiles ought to be read in the voice of Alan Bennett in order that we appreciate it a little more.
I wonder whether without the midweek brochure television hinterland, his writing would be held in higher esteem.
I do think the Stewart Lee line about him as “a Toby jug full of warm piss” hasn’t helped, hilarious as it is.
Lovely piece, and thank you because after first confirming my despair at the very idea of columnism, you then lit up the watmth of one writer who does it in a different way, and with meaning. So my viewpoint is refreshed.
It could be argued that there are only atheists in foxholes because all the religious people will happily give themselves over to whatever fate their gods have in mind for them.