The Secret History of Art published a short article on Fact-Checking Dan Brown’s latest thriller, Inferno, highlighting 10 mistakes, oversimplifications, and misinterpretations in the art, history, and thinking of what is otherwise a fun, pacy book. The Daily Beast article in question is a much-slimmed-down version of the original “long read” article I wrote on the subject, which also brought in the problems in The Da Vinci Code. Below you’ll find the extended version. Let it be known up front that I thoroughly enjoy Brown’s books, and take notes for my own fiction on his use of pace and infectious methods that force you to read on. My objections, as a professor of art history, are to the research and the misleading way it is presented and, often, interpreted.
The Secret History of Art – Noah Charney on Art Crimes and Art Historical Mysteries
The Secret History of Art recently interviewed Daniel Vaughn, barbecue editor of Texas Monthly magazine and author of a new book, “The Prophets of Smoked Meat,” edited by Anthony Bourdain, and published by Bourdain’s new imprint of Ecco Books. I also reviewed “Prophets of Smoked Meat.” You can read both articles by clicking on the links, featured in Honest Cooking and Fine Dining Lovers magazines.
The Secret History of Art writes a regular column for the Italian food magazine, Fine Dining Lovers. In it, I research classic recipes from around the world, and teach my inept self how to cook them. It began last month with beef bourgognon, and today you can read about that northern Italian specialty, risotto. Buon appetito!
The Secret History of Art appeared on a national Australian radio program, discussing the theft of the Mona Lisa. You’re welcome to listen to it here: Continue Reading
The Secret History of Art recently interviewed the legendary Larry McMurtry for the How I Write series. McMurtry spoke candidly about his writing habits, and which of the many films made of his novels hit the mark, and which badly missed.
How I Write: Dina Nayeri
Best-selling author Noah Charney interviews great writers about the writing life.
This week’s How I Write interview is with living legend Maya Angelou. I spoke with her about her friendship with Martin Luther King, her work in writing Hallmark cards, and her highly unusual writing rituals, which involve stripped hotel rooms, sherry, Bibles, and head wraps.
The Secret History of Art writes regularly for several food magazines, including Honest Cooking and Fine Dining Lovers. Here’s a roundup of the last few articles on food and culinary adventures.
The FBI’s Press Conference on the Gardner heist, held on the 23rd anniversary of the crime, revealed some new information considered sensational by the media. The largest property crime in peace-time history saw the theft of thirteen artworks, valued around $500 million during one 81-minute theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The crime was perpetrated during the night after the St. Patrick’s Day revels, in 1990. A $5 million reward still stands for information leading to the successful recovery of all the works in question. Myriad theories have swirled around who was behind this crime, for surely it was some larger organized crime group, more elaborate than the two thieves disguised as policemen who bluffed their way into the museum, tricking student security staff into opening the door without first checking with the police department. The same criminals had tried another tactic some days prior to the theft, when one of their gang, posing as a mugging victim, frantically banged on the service entrance door to the museum, screaming for help. That night, with professional security staff on duty, the door was not opened, and it was noted that the “mugging victim” was seen leaving amicably with his “muggers” later that night. But the crime was eventually successful, with works by Rembrandt and Vermeer headlining the haul.