Let me put my head above water for just long enough to mention my recent editorial in The Daily Southtown, a suburban Chicago paper, on The Da Vinci Code. Here's how it begins:
To the uninitiated, the furor over Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" must seem somewhat mystifying. On the one hand, the book has sold millions of copies, and it seems that there is not a Barnes & Noble in Christendom that lacks the requisite massive table display of Da Vinci-related books, commentaries, stationary, and board games. For a man who has been dead since 1519, Leonardo da Vinci has managed to spawn an impressive franchise industry that covers the landscape of contemporary American literature.
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