SOME SOLSTICE READING. Butterflies and Wheels recommends R. Joseph Hoffman on the popularity of The DaVinci Code.
Magic, codes, rings, and cryptographs, naifish spirituality, the occult, and the unbelievable are the pillars that prop up the symbolic roofs of Narnia, Middle Earth, and Hogwarts Academy. In tapping into a rich vein of early Christian eccentricity famous for its contempt for the historical Jesus, Brown has been able to mine the riches of a darker period, our own, known for its historical illiteracy.
Was there a fourth-century expression for "New Age nutter?"

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