News flash: I agree with Dan Brown on something!

The Boston Globe sounds the warning: Dan Brown is working on a new novel. The acclaimed pulp fiction peddler has this to say:

I can tell you there is another book in progress. I am having a great time with it. I cannot share with you the subject matter or the location, but it’s another ROBERT LANGDON THRILLER in the world of symbols and codes. It opens in a much different way than my other books, and Langdon is in a very different situation than he’s ever been in and has to use a different set of tools to extricate himself.

Hmmm. A “different set of tools”, eh? How about one or more of the following, Mr. Langdon:

1. A brain. For someone who is so smart, you ain’t too smart
2. Real books by real scholars. Margaret Starbird is not a good source for anything but nonsense.
3. Humility. I know, I know; arrogance is your essential personality trait. Still…
4. Laryngitis. It would cut down on the painful, embarrassing dialogue. And shorten the book by 88.438%.
5. A thesaurus. On second thought…

Brown adds the following: “Once I pick a topic and location, I have to read a lot to educate myself.” I agree! He has to. But does he? The evidence doesn’t speak well for the level of his self education.


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Carl E. Olson is editor of Catholic World Report and Ignatius Insight. He is the author of Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?, Will Catholics Be "Left Behind"?, co-editor/contributor to Called To Be the Children of God, co-author of The Da Vinci Hoax (Ignatius), and author of the "Catholicism" and "Priest Prophet King" Study Guides for Bishop Robert Barron/Word on Fire. He is also a contributor to "Our Sunday Visitor" newspaper, "The Catholic Answer" magazine, "The Imaginative Conservative", "The Catholic Herald", "National Catholic Register", "Chronicles", and other publications.