Thursday, July 18, 2013

Like the wen in Grandma's nose …

… you can take your eyes off The heroic absurdity of Dan Brown. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The less he can write, of course, the more admirable his achievement. As well as the heroism of Robert Langdon, we must think of the heroism of Dan Brown. This is a man who started out with such a shaky grasp of the English language that he still thinks “foreboding” is an adjective meaning “ominous.” I also relished “Sienna changed tacks.” Read aloud, these three words would suggest that the pretty, young woman had altered her arrangement with the Internal Revenue Service. But Dan Brown has never read one of his own sentences aloud in all his life; and why, now, would he need to? He can buy and sell all the pedants in the world.
To be fair, she could have changed from a carpet tack to a thumb tack.

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