In the privacy of my own home (and occasionally out on the patio), I've been reading The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury. So far, he's come up with two wonderful quotes about my profession.
"...But you know how it is with the Templars. It's like archaeological porn, it's virtually academic suicide to be interested in them. It's gotten to the point where no one wants it known that they take the subject seriously. Too many crackpots obsessed with all kinds of conspiracy theories about their history. You know what Umberto Eco said, right?
"'A sure sign of a lunatic is that sooner or later, he brings up the Templars.'"1
And then there was...
"He's a history professor, for God's sake. They're supposed to be mild-mannered, pipe-smoking introverts, not -"
Maybe it's one of those things that you have to be a historian, or have a love of history, to understand, but my, those two quotes have made me giggle so far.
1Raymond Khoury The Last Templar (New York, Signet, 2005), 75.