Pecking "The Da Vinci Code" to Death
—Michael Elliott, christiancritic.com
It seems to me that if a book sells 60 million copies in 44 languages, you are smart not to judge it.
It judges you.
Does Anybody Read Movie Reviews—or Care What the Critics Think?
Listen to the movie writers, and this dreadful film based on that badly written, deeply flawed book, "The Da Vinci Code," is a loser on all counts.
Except at bookstores—and now at the box office. As Merissa Marr wrote in yesterday's Wall Street Journal:
The combined $224 million world-wide global total ranks as Hollywood's second-biggest global debut, behind "Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith," which took in $253 million.
Let's Look at Some Truly Terrible Prose
Ed Zuckerman, proprietor of Government Policy Newslinks—a fascinating press release triage service for news junkies—forwarded the following to me:
Jay Gosselin is an English teacher who is kind enough to send on the winners of the "Dark & Stormy Night" competition, which is a compilation of the most heinous felonies committed on the English language by high school students. There is a new batch every year, which speaks disastrously to the prospects for American education, but delightfully for those who enjoy dark humor. Like the annual Darwin Awards, these are the real deal originating from actual high school essays. The analogies and metaphors are wince inducing. Beware but enjoy.
1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
- Audrey Tatou
- Da Vinci
- Daniel Fienberg
- Daniel Henninger
- David Edelstein
- David Faraci
- Edward Dougless
- Erik Childress
- Gregory J. Sullivan
- Ian McKellen
- Jack Maxson
- Jay Gosselin
- Jonathan Gibbs
- Merissa Marr
- Michael Elliott
- Nancy Kerrigan
- Ron Howard
- Suzy Ridenour
- Terrible Prose Ed Zuckerman
- The News
- Todd McCarthy
- Tom Hanks
- Variety Dan Brown