The Secrets of The Lost Symbol discussion at 92Y Tribeca, one of the premier venues for New York’s intellectual life, was a great success. The main focus of the panelists was The Lost Symbol as a “novel of ideas,” focusing on issues like the separation of church and state in the thinking of America’s founding fathers, the wellsprings of religion and belief in the human mind, and the meaning and potential validity of work emerging from the field known as noetics.
Mitch Horowitz, one of the leading editors and publishers of spiritual and metaphysical books and author of Occult America, shared some fascinating insights into the history of Freemasonry, including its European roots and possible reasons why Freemasons have kept their ceremonies secret to the present day.
Ron Hogan, founding curator of one of the Internet’s first literary websites, Beatrice.com, and, until recently, editor of the publishing industry news blog Galleycat, talked about The Lost Symbol’s importance to the publishing industry and the Masonic allegory lurking in the novel’s plot.
Meanwhile, Secrets of The Lost Symbol co-editor Dan Burstein tied many of these thoughts together, discussing the history of Freemasonry, the architecture of D.C., Dan Brown’s earlier novels, and the ideas of many contributors to Secrets of The Lost Symbol, such as noeticists Lynne McTaggart and Marilyn Mandala Schlitz.
The evening was punctuated by author Maureen Johnson’s humorous insights into Dan Brown’s “nebbishy hero” Robert Langdon, which you can read in full here.
We would like to thank all of those who came. And for those who missed it, we hope to have a video of the event up soon.