I am proud that a woman and writer as great as Farran Smith Nehme, the Self-Styled Siren, is a friend. At her blog she just posted a brilliant rebuttal to the new and it would appear highly dubious book The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact With Hitler. My friend Tom Carson, also a great writer and a great man, says it's "the best piece of criticism in any genre I've read all year." Yes. As to why her piece isn't in The New Republic, and some dumb wannabe "takedown" of Jonathan Franzen IS, well, that's a big part of The Problem in a nutshell. Anyway, the pleasure of Farran's reasoning, the beauty of her prose, the acuity of her insight: pure pleasure, especially in view of the values they're all standing for in the piece. Please do read it here.