... by a couple of very different websites. The first is the Sharper Than Dull blog, operated by the irreverent and quirky David S. Titus, who sent me the most interesting and fun questions I've been asked in a while. And so I was able to have some fun with it, poking fun at nearly everything and everyone, including myself:
David — The first question: As a reader of A Gaggle of Deer TM, it is quite evident that you are well educated, where did you study?
Carl E. Olson — Like Dan Brown, I went to high school. However, he attended some fancy private school in New Hampshire (which, I'm told, is in New England. So, which is it: New Hampshire or New England?), while I attended school in the wilds of Montana. There I learned how to hunt, fish, tie knots, tie fly fishing lures, and avoid ties that go around one's neck. I don't want to get into specifics (out of legal concerns, of course), but I graduated from high school in less than ten years, which put me in the median range of young men between 15-26 who were raised in small towns in western Montana.
The second piece is a column by Cliff Kincaid, editor of the Accuracy In Media Report, which is based on an interview that I gave to Kincaid a few weeks ago:
The Oprah-promoted James Frey book, A Million Little Pieces, turned out to be fiction described as fact. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, a full frontal assault on the basic tenets of Christianity, has been sold as fiction based on fact. And that is why the major media should scrutinize this novel that is being turned into a major motion picture.
Carl E. Olson, co-author of the book, The Da Vinci Hoax, says, "There is no such thing as just a novel or just fiction from the standpoint that even lightweight popular fiction has ways of influencing how we see the world and affects our perception of important and unimportant things. Fiction-if we broaden that to include television shows, sitcoms, movies-is probably the primary means by which most people today gain their understanding of big and small issues alike."