Vanity Fair stopped writing incisively about Hollywood a long time ago when Graydon Carter realized he had too many Tinseltown friends (and didn’t want to piss them off). Yet Graydon surprisingly hired a Hollywood screenwriter to pen The 100 To Blame charting the villains — people, companies, institutions, and vices — most responsible for the financial meltdown. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1994 as well as Graydon’s pal since their Spy days, Feirstein is best known for the three Pierce Brosnan as James Bond movies he wrote/co-wrote): GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough. He is also the author of several books, including the infamous Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche. Feirstein also wrote a “Diary” column for 14 years for New York Observer. Still sounds like a bizarre choice to write 30,000 words on the economic crisis, right? Well, he’s done a regular column for Strategy In Business magazine, and wrote freelance editorials for Howell Raines at The New York Times. Still, Hollywood should hire Feirstein to bring these financial villains to justice for their crimes. I’m sure Graydon will want a $100,000 finder’s fee.
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