Through the Prism

After passing through the prism, each refraction contains some pure essence of the light, but only an incomplete part. We will always experience some aspect of reality, of the Truth, but only from our perspectives as they are colored by who and where we are. Others will know a different color and none will see the whole, complete light. These are my musings from my particular refraction.

5.03.2006

I Usually Do My Research in the Fiction Section

Just in case you didn't know, there's now a book to help explain how Dan Brown's fiction book The Da Vinci Code is not true. An excerpt from the publisher's description:
Millions of people, who are not experts in history, art, theology, or archeology, are being led astray by The Da Vinci Code’s fraudulent assertions and invented history.
Because I don't expect anything to be invented in a work of fiction.

Seriously, though, isn't this just bringing more attention to the book and giving it power? It's kind of like when people want to ban Harry Potter because there is no other power than God and they don't want their kids believing otherwise. Kids don't have any problem understanding that the book is make believe with no bearing on reality. But when you treat it as a threat, then maybe it's not so make believe. Maybe mom and dad are scared because there's something to the theory that I could learn magic. But, then, how can we be the good guys if there are no bad guys?

11 Comments:

At 5/03/2006 4:48 PM, Blogger The Girl in Black said...

Yeah, Dan Brown probably sent a gift basket saying "thank you!".

Folks are usually only outraged by that which they do not understand.

As far as good guys and bad guys? That, unfortunately, is often an issue of perception. Who is good or who is bad depends on who is making the judgement.

Unless there are costumes. The bad guys always have the cooler costumes!

 
At 5/03/2006 6:30 PM, Blogger Gobula said...

It still bugs the hell out of me when people ask me my Brown's book isn't in the non-fiction section. In fact, that is the primary reason why I don't plan on reading it.

 
At 5/04/2006 7:48 AM, Blogger Degolar said...

There's safety in numbers/
When you learn to divide/
How can we be in/
If there is no outside/
--Peter Gabriel, "Not One of Us"

 
At 5/04/2006 10:37 AM, Blogger Gobula said...

"Don't you know you gotta shock the monkey; shooock the monkey!"
--Peter Gabriel, the song you are supposed to play outside your true loves bedroom window to win her over.

 
At 5/04/2006 12:50 PM, Blogger The Girl in Black said...

And true love's response:
"watch the monkey get hurt (monkey)"

ha!

"Red Rain" is my favorite of his. Although "In Your Eyes" is nice, I still have to equate it to cheesy '80s teen movies.

 
At 5/04/2006 1:35 PM, Blogger Degolar said...

Hey, that was one of the least cheesy '80s teen movies. Although, yeah, it kind of ruined the song through association. The only thing that's redeemed it for me is the two concert videos/DVDs I have. He has guest musicians and it's such a joyous expression of art for them.

 
At 5/04/2006 2:46 PM, Blogger The Girl in Black said...

I remember watching a show on one of his travels. Seems like it was around the time of So and whichever album "Sledgehammer" was on. Is that about the time he did a song or album collaboration with Johnny Clegg?

I'm not a big fan of reggae, but I do remember thinking everyone looked like they were having a great time. Granted, they could have all just been high. Seems like that is when musicians find their most inspiring work, when their minds are moving outside conventional perimeters.

 
At 5/05/2006 11:33 AM, Blogger Hadrian said...

But, I think you're missing the real point here. Whereas the action in the Da Vinci code is fiction, Dan Brown is an ardent believer in, and asserts that the history presented in the book is all true. It's not like people are having a debate over whether Gatsby or Daisy was actually driving the car. The fictional events of the novel are not in dispute, the supposed historical facts-- that are presented as such therein-- are.

 
At 5/05/2006 3:47 PM, Blogger Gobula said...

I saw some show where they went to some of the places Brown said were full of people who gave him evidence for his ideas and the tv people could find anyone who agreed with Brown. His historical accuracy is not very good at all.

 
At 5/05/2006 6:24 PM, Blogger Degolar said...

Ah, I was not aware Brown thought that.

 
At 5/05/2006 9:04 PM, Blogger Gobula said...

Oh, I had a typo. I meant to say that they COULD NOT find any evidence of what Brown was saying.

 

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