September 16, 2009
You, Too Can Be a Conspiracy Theorist!!!
A long-forgotten puzzle at the heart of Washington. A murderous cult determined to protect it. A desperate race to uncover the New York Times' darkest secret....
THE HALLOWED RUNE
When celebrated Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to the National Gallery of Art to analyze a mysterious rune—etched into the floor next to the mangled body of the head docent—he discovers evidence of the unthinkable: the resurgence of the ancient cult of the Truministas, a secret branch of the NY Times that has surfaced from the shadows to carry out its legendary vendetta against its mortal enemy, Zappos.com.
Langdon's worst fears are confirmed when a messenger from the Truministas appears at the Library of Congress to deliver a deadly ultimatum: Turn over the Constitution or one cherub will disappear from the Sistine Chapel every day. With the countdown under way, Langdon joins forces with the lithe and enigmatic daughter of the murdered docent in a desperate bid to crack the code that will reveal the cult's secret plan.
Embarking on a frantic hunt, Langdon and his companion follow a 1100-year-old trail through Washington's most venerable churches and sacred statues, pursued by a mustachioed assassin the cult has sent to thwart them. What they discover threatens to expose a conspiracy that goes all the way back to Adolph Ochs and the very founding of the New York Times.
Posted by Cassandra at September 16, 2009 03:41 PM
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we're sitting on the edge of our seat, waiting anxiously for more
Posted by: I Call BS at September 16, 2009 06:41 PM
Well, that was fun. Who says the people at "Slate" don't have sense of humor?
Posted by: Don Brouhaha at September 16, 2009 07:46 PM
Obviously they need Brett Barboursville. No satire is complete without hym/hyr.
Posted by: Cricket at September 16, 2009 09:34 PM
Wait a minute! Do you think tht we're all stupid or something? Eleven hundred years ago New York wasn't even invented yet!
Get your facts straight.
Posted by: spd rdr at September 16, 2009 11:01 PM
spd -- That's the *Secret*.
Posted by: BillT at September 17, 2009 12:54 AM
Speaking of "Angels and Demons" (we were, weren't we?) it was pretty cool watching that movie on the flight home on Sunday, having just visited many of the landmarks shown in it.
Posted by: camojack at September 17, 2009 01:21 AM
OT, I'm sure, but has anyone here heard from Joatmoaf lately.
It's been 2 years since he posted anything, I'd like to find out if he is still alive.
Posted by: Purple Raider at September 17, 2009 02:21 AM
Joatmoaf commented at VC not long ago.
Posted by: bthun at September 17, 2009 02:49 AM
OMG. I'd forgotten that thread. The comments are hysterical.
Posted by: Cassandra at September 17, 2009 06:33 AM
Whew. Bill just saved me seven bucks.
Posted by: Cricket at September 17, 2009 10:01 AM
That was a pretty funny thread... I only remembered it due to the spanking! =8^⊃
Posted by: bthun at September 17, 2009 10:46 AM
Well, it's not every day you get nuns and spanking in one neat package...
Posted by: Cassandra at September 17, 2009 10:51 AM
And whose fault is *that*, hmmmm?
Posted by: BillT at September 17, 2009 11:48 AM
Posted by: DL Sly at September 17, 2009 01:10 PM
The Catholic church's actually. They don't approve of nun fetishes.
Posted by: MikeD at September 17, 2009 03:08 PM
It's okay to go out on a date with nuns, just don't get into the
Noooooooooooooo! I won't go there! I have *scruples*
...in a cage in the basement.
Posted by: BillT at September 17, 2009 03:15 PM
*lifts up rug to look...pushes back broken stool pieces*
That's what I keep hearing down there!
Posted by: DL Sly at September 17, 2009 04:51 PM
The rapscallions found the batteries for Mistress Mandy's accoutrements.
And, from the sound of things, they found the accoutrements, too.
And The Book.
Posted by: BillT at September 17, 2009 04:57 PM