I regularly read the blog posts of the eminent, New Testament scholar, Larry Hurtado.  His blog can be found here:

In a recent post on the death of Umberto Eco, Hurtado reflects on one of Eco’s books:

The book is fundamentally (it seems to me) an extended “send-up” of people who itch after exotic, esoteric stuff, disdaining what they view as simple notions, and conspiracy addicts (who, for example, insist that the moon landings took place on a Hollywood stage), the sort of people who mistake Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code as anything other than an easy “beach read.”  (I’m told that Eco was once asked what he thought of Brown’s book, and he replied, “Dan Brown is a character in Foucault’s Pendulum!”)

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