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A writer is someone who spends years patiently trying to discover the second being inside him, and the world that makes him who he is. When I speak of writing, the image that comes first to my mind is not a novel, a poem, or a literary tradition; it is the person who shuts himself up in a room, sits down at a table, and, alone, turns inward. Amid his shadows, he builds a new world with words. This man-or this woman-may use a typewriter, or profit from the ease of a computer, or write with a pen on paper, as I do. As he writes, he may drink tea or coffee, or smoke cigarettes. From time to time, he may rise from his table to look out the window at the children playing in the street, or, if he is lucky, at trees and a view, or even at a black wall. He may write poems, or plays, or novels, as I do. But all these differences arise only after the crucial task is complete-after he has sat down at the table and patiently turned inward. To write is to transform that inward gaze into words, to study the worlds into which we pass when we retire into ourselves, and to do so with patience, obstinacy, and joy.
The Da Vinci Code – the movie
In todays Guardian, Mark Lawson claims that:
In a nation where it was reported yesterday that the most popular new name for baby girls is “Nevaeh” – the word “heaven” spelled backwards – religious beliefs, which are properly a matter for that variety of opinion called faith, have been redefined as fact.
The nation is America and Lawson’s comments are prompted by a discussion on the Today show about whether the producers of the movie The Da Vinci Code should submit to a request from religious lobby groups to begin the film with a caption pointing out that audiences are watching a work of fiction.
This brings up a number of questions for me. Can someone help me out here? Is it true that there are people out there who think that the events related in the bible are incontrovertible fact?
And, whether the answer to the first question is yes or no, are there people out there who are so incredibly dumb that they might consider the movie of The Da Vinci Code to be a documentary?