Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Shakespeare Code

The L.A. Times, in an editorial today, appears to be standing behind Dan Brown, author of bestseller "The Da Vinci Code." Brown is in a London court, accused of copyright infringement (ideas, not direct text), by the authors of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail". The latter, published in the early 1980s, contains matter very similar to "The Da Vinci Code".

The Times: "Held to this standard, William Shakespeare, who took the plots for most of his plays from popular histories or even other fiction writers, would be condemned as a plagiarist."


charlie adams said...

Is The Shakespeare Code the same as Morse Code?

The Shaved Ape said...

No, but that's a very good guess, Chuck. The Shakespeare Code is closely related to The Crotch Code, where a contentious theory holds that Mary was really Jesus' wife, and via the French Merovingian line, Jesus' ancestors have been carefully hidden in the sweaty pubes of some plumber's crotch. They're probably looking to get out of there about now.

Any more questions?