9/16/2004 Add a comment

Given the amazing popularity of Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code, Parisian tourguides are beginning to offer tours of the book's many landmarks and plot-relevant art. I sped through TDVC in two days. It was the first novel I read in more than two years. Yes, I'm extremely pathetic, though maybe not as much as the people who shelled out $55,000 for a weeklong tour and the chance to stay in the chateau outside Paris where some of the action takes place.

Most interesting, perhaps, is the tiptoe dance the Louvre is doing to both distance itself from and embrace the book. The curator wants to be serious about the museum's art, but it's also attracts fundraising interest and the bookstore sells the French version of the book. William