Dan Brown at Lincoln Center: more about his childhood than 'Inferno'(Read article summary)
Dan Brown appeared at Lincoln Center to promote his new novel 'Inferno,' but focused more on his parents and his early years than his Dante-inspired book.
Nonetheless, the conversation was revealing.
Â It turns out the constant tension between science and religion apparent in Brownâs books are inspired by his childhood.
âI grew up the child of a church organist and a math teacher,â Brown told the crowd of 2,000, introducing his parents, who were sitting in the audience. âI was pretty much confused from day one.â
To illustrate his point, Brown brought along props: personalized license plates from both his parentsâ cars: KYRIE for his âChurch Ladyâ mom, METRIC for his rationalist dad, as Shelf Awareness reported.Â
From childhood, he said, he became curious about the delicate balancing act between science and religion.Â
âHow do we become modern, science-minded people without losing our faith?â he asked aloud.
In a video introducing the author, fans also learned the extent of Brownâs love of puzzles and intrigue: His New Hampshire home, it turns out, is filled with secret passageways.
Fans eager to hear more about âInfernoâ didnât leave entirely disappointed, however. Brown left them with three words that summarized the themes of his book: âContrapposto,â the Italian word for âsuffering the opposite,â which Danteâs victims do in hell when they suffer âironic reversals of their misdeeds in life;â âtranshumanism,â the futuristic science of engineering superior beings and the ethical problems associated with it; and âMalthusia,â the theory that the human race will end due to a collapse following exponential population growth.
That interview revealed even less about the bestselling author. Perhaps a deliberate attempt to maintain the mystery surrounding Dan Brown and his books?
Husna Haq is a Monitor correspondent.