Wednesday, May 17, 2006

A Few Thoughts on Da Vinci

Rather purposefully, I've avoided the topics of Religion and Politics at this site. There are plenty of them already. This site is still working on what it wants to be when it grows up, but it knows it isn't that. That said, this post will come dangerously close to crossing the threshold. Hopefully, discussing literature doesn't count as discussing religion. Anyway, here is a link to a theological blogger who was, more or less, trashing this compelling novel.

The Confessionator: I have a confession to make...

Similarly, this blogger also had something to say on the matter. Two of my three comments were posted. I must have finally hit a nerve with the third one. I don't know, as a writer and avid reader/lover of books, I guess I get particularly offended when undeserving novels/novelists get trashed. Maybe I'm just still bitter about the confessionator blogging about burning every one of her Women's Studies books from college...

Like that isn't a Feel-Good in itself, here's the FG of the Day:

Posted at 1:24 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17th, world-renown Professional Football linebacker and idiot Joey Porter recants his earlier statement about his upcoming visit to George W. Bush.

On Sunday, Porter said, "Yeah, I got something to say to [George] Bush, I'm going to have a swagger when I walk in there, too. I'm looking forward to it. I have something to tell him, too. I don't like the way things are running right now. I feel like he has to give me some of my money back, so I got something to tell Bush."

Since people are paid handsome salaries by the US Government to kill people that threaten the president, it probably wasn't a good idea. Click here to read the full apology.

Feel-Good Source:


serendipity said...

I loved that book. As an avid reader myself I try not to take these things too seriously but this book did open up some intriguing possibilities.

I'm not religious though, so the idea of getting all narky about it is beyong comprehension.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

erica said...

Ahhh, the blogging flame war. Back when I subscribed to AOL, the message boards there were like the melting pot of blogging, before website blogging hit its stride.

I tip my hate to you, sir. Just be careful, because a lot of the discourse on these sites are not always civil. I think it affected my blood pressure when I'd get into it with someone. But I know you can hold your own.

God speed.

Nunya said...

Maybe you should take the hint and buzz off. You are a nusiance.

Jen said...

haha, take a hint and buzz off? That doesn't sound like Ben at all. Argue the point to death would be more like it. Be persistent!
The topic about the women's lit. books got to me. How can you be so ignorant as to want to burn them... come on. How about we try and keep anyone else from getting their hands on material that we deem "unacceptable". Just because in her view, its too radical, doesn't mean that someone else might pick up that book and find it life changing in a positive way. Lets burn Mein Kampf while we’re at it, because after all, it did cause the Holocaust.

Ben said...

At least nunya was smart enough to spell everything correctly...oh...wait...

erica said...


That's like a Catholic ninja, right?

Cate said...

I just read over that little tirade from people who call themselves Catholics, and am embarrassed on behalf of the community of believers. Let me apologize for the amount of stupidity in the world. I'm not responsible for it, but I do regret it.

Most rational Catholics (perhaps I flatter myself by putting myself in that category...) realize that DVC is a story. Sure, it's riddled with its little inaccuracies--Sir Isaac Newton died a virgin, so I'm not sure how he headed up a sex cult; Silas is an albino and therefore would have extremely impaired vision, making his accuracy as a marksman and night driving pretty remarkable--but the novel is not meant to be taken as fact.

I wish that the people who are wailing and gnashing their teeth would realize that by protesting they are raising the credibility of the story--by taking it seriously as a threat, they encourage others to take it seriously. It's entertaining. The writing isn't great, but it is a good way to while away an afternoon. I always seem to jump in on the tail end of these discussions, but thanks for sharing, Ben.

Oh, and I agree with Jen, I'm disturbed by the book-burning suggestions. Hope someone actually listens about Virginia Woolf.