The affect Dan Brown had on the literary world was enormous. I was working on my Grail Novel since 1997. I communicated with published authors such as Margaret Starbird. I sent letters to the probate of Christine Rosamond Benton that are full of Rosy Arthurian Clues lest my enemies get wise to the nature of my book. Was Dan and others authoring modern day Pulp Fiction? My uncle Vinny is being honored again because he was supportive of my creative efforts. He read some of my poems. I build my Created Trust upon the Rice Trust because my uncle was very generous with about ten of our relatives, including Mark and Vicki Presco. Cristine Benton was not left anything. Why weren’t the Comstocks supportive of me – and the Buck family? How about Alcohol Justice?
“I was also curious about how Brown named his protagonists. He has heroes ranging from Vittoria Vetra to Susan Fletcher—names that, in the glorious tradition of pulp writing, are either ostentatiously foreign or ridiculously dull. “I named the protagonist Robert Langdon,” Brown writes of his Da Vinci and Angels & Demons hero. “I thought it was a fantastic name. It sounds very ‘New England’ and I like last names with two syllables …””
My connection to Thomas Pynchon, Norbert Davis, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, puts the above statement in the special category that I have created, being – I have not made a dime from my Grail Rhetoric! I am The Litmus Stone! I am the first and only Grail Newspaper. Above is a photograph of my grandmother, MARY MAGDALENE ROSAMOND, sitting among three Pulp Fiction Writers – that paved the way for Dan Brown. The woman in the foreground may be a writer.
The Royal Janitor is a Grail Story. Victoria Rosemond Bond refuses to carry a weapon – or learn how to shoot a gun – yet she own a ‘Licensee to Kill’. BAD hires a Christian Knight, a Woman of Valor, who falls in love with…..Her Boss! It is a unquieted and forbidden love. Starfish is prepared lay down her life – for whom she loves, and for – what she loves. With the pending death of the Queen of England, who has been carrying The Torch of Victoria, all Woman Mundi have a chance to learn a great lesson.
Was Sir Lancelot a Madman of the Woods – before he became the First Knight of the Round Table? There is a Berserk in this knight. Did a unquieted love for another – drive him mad – before he saw Queen Guinevere….and here we go again! What is his – condition?
John G. Presco a.k.a John Vincent Rice
The Da Vinci Code: Religious Relativism as Pulp Fiction
by Rassaphore-monk Serge (Nedelsky)
Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is popular literature of the very worst sort: atrociously written, intolerably pedantic, intellectually dishonest, derivative nearly to the point of plagiarism, wholly blasphemous, and, alas!, immensely popular. At the time of writing (July 2006) over sixty million copies of the book are in print, in forty-four languages. The movie based on the film, despite receiving uniformly negative critical reviews, has had a worldwide gross of nearly $730,000,000.00. The book’s thesis, such that it is, has become all too well known: Jesus Christ was a simple mortal Who entrusted the leadership of His Church to His wife, Mary Magdalene, and their progeny.
The Dan Brown Code
In a court filing, the best-selling author reveals all the secrets of a pulp novelist.
Dan Brown’s latest novel, Inferno, went on sale this week and has already hit No. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list. To mark the occasion, Slate revisits Bryan Curtis’ 2006 article about witness statement in a copyright infringement case concerning his earlier novel The Da Vinci Code. As Curtis writes, the document offers numerous insights into the author’s enormous popularity and success. The piece is reprinted below.
Dan Brown, author of the mega-selling The Da Vinci Code, has brought forth his most thrilling piece of writing to date: a court document. Brown, who is being sued for copyright infringement in London by the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, filed a 69-page witness statement with the British courts back in December. The London Times, the Associated Press, and other media gleefully unearthed it last week. In its textures—it is at turns snotty, contemplative, and disarmingly personal—it is clear Brown intended the brief less as a legal defense than as a literary memoir. Like the hidden ciphers the heroes of The Da Vinci Code pursue, this is the Dan Brown Code—the key to understanding the secrets of a pulp novelist.ADVERTISEMENThttps://32c74b7ed589242278dae6df8a4f32b1.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
At first glance, the document bears the giddy signatures of a Dan Brown novel. It’s chopped into staccato chapters; the language is awkward (“I quite literally woke up one morning and decided to write a thriller that delved into NSA”); and its hero is a simple man who is being pursued by evil forces he doesn’t quite understand. Educated at Amherst and Phillips Exeter Academy, Brown had an unusual literary awakening. He did not go the usual route, wandering into a library, bumping into Hemingway and Flaubert, and resolving right there in the stacks to become a writer. Brown resolved to become a writer when he read Sidney Sheldon’s The Doomsday Conspiracy while vacationing in Tahiti. “Up until this point,” he writes, “almost all of my reading had been dictated by my schooling (primarily classics like Faulkner, Steinbeck, Dostoyevsky, Shakespeare, etc.) and I’d read almost no commercial fiction at all since the Hardy Boys as a child.” The Sheldon book was a revelation, swift and merciless where Shakespeare, etc., had been slow and cumbersome. “[L]ife seemed to be trying to tell me something,” Brown notes, adding, “I began to suspect that maybe I could write a ‘thriller’ of this type one day.”ADVERTISEMENThttps://32c74b7ed589242278dae6df8a4f32b1.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Brown has done a lot of thinking about what makes a successful Dan Brown thriller. He has found that it requires a few essential elements: some kind of shadowy force, like a secret society or government agency; a “big idea” that contains a moral “grey area”; and a treasure. The treasures in Brown’s four novels have been a meteorite, anti-matter, a gold ring, and the Holy Grail. The shadowy forces have included the Priory of Sion, Opus Dei, and the National Security Agency. The big idea, if I’m reading him correctly, goes something like this: Is the Vatican good … or is it evil? Is the National Security Agency for us … or is it against us? When all of Brown’s elements come together, doled out over cliffhanging chapters, with characters that exist to “move the plot along,” it is like mixing the ingredients to make a cake. For example, Deception Point, Brown’s third novel, is “a thriller about a meteorite discovered in the Arctic—a discovery that turns out to have profound political ramifications for an impending presidential election.”
Another author might have sneered when asked to lay bare his methodology. Brown, on the other hand, appears eager to reveal every one of the secrets of the pulp novelist: “All my novels are set in 24 hours”; “All of my novels use the concept of a simple hero pulled out of his familiar world”;“I intend to make Robert Langdon my primary character for years to come.” My favorite secret is Brown’s notion of the “thriller as academic lecture.” The trick is to make your characters experts—in Brown’s world, they are symbologists, cryptographers, and so forth. Then you pair them with an expert of a different discipline, making it convenient for the experts to essay to one another at some length, in the process spilling all the research you have done for your novel. (The Da Vinci Code contains dozens of loosely connected academic lectures.)I was also curious about how Brown named his protagonists. He has heroes ranging from Vittoria Vetra to Susan Fletcher—names that, in the glorious tradition of pulp writing, are either ostentatiously foreign or ridiculously dull. “I named the protagonist Robert Langdon,” Brown writes of his Da Vinci and Angels & Demons hero. “I thought it was a fantastic name. It sounds very ‘New England’ and I like last names with two syllables …”
My sixteen year old daughter coming into my life in 2001, was seen as a true miracle -that some wanted to intercept and -negate! I never met my cousin, Daryl Bulkley, who on Heather’s facebook, was bragging on her mother, a artist, who never had a show. This was after I stopped communicating with her after he aunt peed on the seat of the car Vicki Presco rented for us at the family reunion. Daryl is using Heather to get her needs met, and settle old scores. Her mother was snubbed by members of my family – which was news to me!
Daryl was a member of Rennes Le Hoax, the yahoogroup I founded that disputed the claims by some authors who like myself had read the book ‘Holy Blood, Holy Grail’ whose authors sued Dan Brown. Daryl thought the subject matter preposterous, and suggested I might be, unhinged. When…
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