I'm sure that some readers of the Scoop have had enough of the Coded Craziness. Frankly, there are times when it's the second-to-last thing I want to think about or read about (this being the first thing). But the third day of Dan Brown's testimony in court provided more "what in the world?" moments. From The Book Standard website:
Brown claimed that his wife Blythe had "heavily marked up" their copy of HBHG as part of a "refresher course" to help Brown answer his critics after DVC became a success. The book also became worn at the hands of lawyers defending him from another plagiarism suit in the US, he said.
Question: When, where, and how has Brown ever answered his critics? The man has only made two or three public appearances in the past two years. And the fluff questions he has entertained from ABC and NBC "journalists" have been an insult to fourth-graders everywhere.
Question: Are Brown's lawyers so poor that they cannot afford their own copy of HBHG? And if they need to look at his copy, couldn't they photocopy the necessary pages?
Perhaps I protest too much. But then there is this rather surprising admission:
Many of the notes that survived were Blythe's who, although absent from the courtroom, has come to figure largely in the trial. "If it's an art thriller, she'll do the bulk of the reading. She loves this stuff," Brown said. "I'm not much of a detail person. I like 'the big idea'."
What next? Will Brown say that he hates writing? That his wife wrote the novel and forced him to publish it under his name? That the sight of The Last Supper makes him sick to his stomach? The novel's success is largely based on its details and vaunted research — and we keep hearing that Dan Brown had little to do with either. Just when you thought the Coded Craziness couldn't become any more crazy...