Dan Brown's Ideal Reading Experience Is Not Having to ReadS

How did Dan Brown, the immensely popular and successful bad writer behind such hits as The Da Vinci Code and Hey, There's a Treasure Map Under This Painting!, get to be such an immensely popular and successful bad writer? He just loves "reading," meaning "listening to stuff."

From a Q&A with the New York Times book review:

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).

The most pleasurable reading experience I’ve had recently was just last week — jogging on the beach with an audiobook of Malcolm Gladwell’s “What the Dog Saw.” I was so engrossed in his essay “The Ketchup Conundrum” that I ran an extra mile just to find out how it ended.

Dan Brown's favorite Da Vinci painting is Seeing The Mona Lisa in a Bugs Bunny Cartoon Once.

(To be fair, "Renowned author Dan Brown hated the critics.")

[NYT. Photo: AP]