Ahead of Dan Brown’s first sit-down interview with Matt Lauer, which will take place on the “Today” show tomorrow, James Kaplan of msnbc.com managed to get a few words with the bestselling author.
Brown’s new book “The Lost Symbol” comes out tomorrow, and follows the phenomenal success of “The Da Vinci Code”, which sold over 80 million copies worldwide and generated much controversy over it’s depiction of the Catholic Church.
Brown, Kaplan says, is a “friendly, normal guy”, who is surprised by the level of his success, and the outcry his previous book caused.
On religion, Brown says that he was raised Episcopalian, and commented that at one stage as a child- “A light went off, and I said, “The Bible doesn’t make sense. Science makes much more sense to me.” And I just gravitated away from religion.” Despite this, Brown also declared that he identifies a certain spiritual order and aspect to science.
He refutes accusations that he is a conspiracy theorist, labelling himself a skeptic. Questioning assumptions is key to his attitude on life and storytelling.
Critical response to his work has been mixed at best, and that’s putting it kindly. He’s been accused of pseudo-scholarism, cynical manipulation of history and worst of all, of being a fundamentally bad writer at the nuts-and-bolts level.
His storytelling, and use of the tools he does possess is second to none however, 80 million people are rarely wrong, and “The Lost Symbol” will surely thrill readers, even if it too ends up roundly criticised by academics.
Source: The Celebrity Cafe