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Tuesday, May 19, 2009



How is Langdon creepy? I only read a very short excerpt of Da Vinci code and agreed that's he's pompous and a bit bombastic but I didn't pick up his creepiness


Dan Fitzpatrick

I just noticed this NYT article today:

Douthat combines, perhaps unintentionally, the two major topics of this blog lately: the popularity/idiocy of Dan Brown and his works, and the religious lukewarmness typified by l'affair de Notre Dame.

You've often pointed out how quickly fans of Brown's work will waver between claiming it as fact to insulting others for getting so worked up about something so obviously fictitious. It reminds me of Jon Stewart's shtick on the Daily Show. He claims to be "speaking truth to power" and such, but whenever anyone confronts him on something he retreats and says, "Hey, we're just a fake news show." As some blogger put it, "clown nose on, clown nose off."
I don't know what Brown's equivalent would be (historian's nose?), but it's the same trick. Actually, while I'm pumping out pop culture references, it's not unlike Ben Stiller's character in Dodgeball describing a painting of him taking a bull by the horns:
"Yeh, that's me taking the bull by the horns, it's how I like to run my business. It's a metaphor. But that actually happened though. Just kidding. But seriously, it did."

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