Michael van der Galien

“The Lost Symbol” Extremely Boring

Posted on December 14 2009 8:22 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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The Lost Symbol, however, was a slog. For a book that emphasizes architecture, it made several mistakes that any Washingtonian would notice. When you cross the Memorial Bridge into D.C., the Jefferson Memorial isn’t on your left (pg. 13). The Metro Center subway station isn’t at Freedom Plaza. In fact, there’s no Metro station at all at Freedom Plaza (pg. 281). The King Street Metro station isn’t below ground (pg. 292). Also, I’m pretty sure the Redskins never have participated in a playoff game that started on a Sunday night. But those are relatively little things. The Lost Symbol just gets Washington wrong—not merely in terms of architecture and geography, but in its depictions of how public officials behave, what motivates the media, and what constitutes an actual national-security crisis. It’s inauthentic.

Read John J. Miller’s review at the Corner.

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