Friday, April 25, 2008

From the note pad. Now with margin doodles!

I can't remember where I saw this. It's been a tab in my saved Firefox session for a half-dozen opens and closes this since last night.
The first draft versions show more character than the later, didactic versions, but aren't as refines. Think of them as the indie movie versions.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency: First Drafts of the Parables of Jesus.
At that time a man said unto Jesus, "Jesus! I do not understand the nature of the kingdom of heaven."

Jesus said, "The Father's kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them went astray. He left the 99 and looked for the one until he found it. When it was found, he said to the sheep, 'That you went astray is a clear sign that you misunderstand my instructions. You are nothing to me.' And then the shepherd turned the lost sheep into a pillar of salt, because the shepherd is God in this parable, and that's the sort of thing He does when people fail to understand His Word."

"Wait, what?" said the man,

And the man became a pillar of salt.

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