Am I possibly the last person on earth not to have read The Da Vinci Code? Perhaps there is a small coterie of us who will continue to resist until The Da Vinci Code has been eroded by the sands of time.
I have no problem reading bestsellers. I read The Rule of Four. I read Everything is Illuminated. I read The Piano Tuner, and I read The Corrections. I eagerly devoured His Dark Materials and all the Harry Potter books.
But I have a major objection to The Da Vinci Code. One that prohibits me from even picking it up. And this probably is me being pretentious, but why on earth is it called the Da Vinci code? Only ignoramuses call Leonardo da Vinci "Da Vinci." That would be like calling Michelangelo "Buonarotti," or Raphael "Santi" or "da Urbino." It's Leonardo, dammit.
A.O. Scott has a very funny review of the Ron Howard movie in the New York Times, here:
Da Vinci Code Movie Review
Ah well. I can't stay angry for long at Dan Brown or popular culture. Not when the Adagietto from Mahler 5 is on the radio.