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>Get Your Factoids Straight

>I’ve got the new Dan Brown (audiobook edition) for our flight this weekend to meet the grandchild. Can’t wait for either! Child_lit has been discussing how books perceived as page turners (like The Hunger Games) don’t get the respect they should, but I figure there’s page-turners and then there’s page-browsers–James Patterson, I’m looking at you.

What I think I like most about Dan Brown is the opportunity he gives me to go around correcting everyone’s use of the term factoid to mean a small, arcane, interesting fact. But Brown uses factoids in precisely the way coiner Norman Mailer intended: small, interesting, but completely made-up bullshit designed to look as if it were true.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >nothing to do with Dan Brown (maybe a little to do with factoids)
    Would it be possible to limit the number of times a contributor can post per day? or the length of his/her entry? this blog seems to have been taken over by LONGWINDED AND FREQUENT contributor who perhaps should set up shop on their own

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >Considering how often Anonymous pipes up around here, I'll certainly take it under advisement.

  3. >Dear Anon:

    Perhaps it would be best to recall Virgil's admonition to Dante: "Speak not of them, but look, and pass them by."

    Yours truly,
    Mrs. Manners.

  4. >whar a tactful – and graceful and well-deserved – reproach from Melinda!

  5. >:) All hail Dante!!

  6. >Perhaps, an alternative, is to disable the Anonymous feature thus forcing posters to face the music and take responsibility for their posts like grown-ups.

    Just a thought. The cool thing about eyes is one has the option of shutting them when offended by something.

  7. >It hasn't occurred to you that the call to end anonymous commenting is really just an attempt to shut down conversations that the caller doesn't approve of?


  8. >Some of us are being facetious, anonymous. Certainly, Roger knows me well enough, by now, to just hit the delete button if I get too cranky. And yet he doesn't. The man has guts.

    btw – Just got my audio of the new Dan Brown book courtesy of the DH who is also addicted. Perhaps my next post will be on task 😀

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