Deborah Feldman's new book is out. I could use a copy (hint hint). I have not had the chance yet to read the book, and I'm ashamed to admit I haven't even watched her numerous interviews on the View, CNN, etc. I will get around to that shortly. It seems there is a lot of controversy. The Orthodox world is, of course, angry that she bashes their world. Even among the ex-Orthodox she has quite a few detractors, and the main argument I get from that side is her story about a kid who had his head sawed off (is that right?) may have in fact been a suicide rather than a homicide. I don't know. I think it's okay to question her story, and if this one does turn out to be an exaggeration, she should take flak for it.
That said, I'm very happy that she has written the book. She brings a lot of publicity to the OTD world that really wasn't there before. Bottom line, there are not many published OTD authors who discuss OTDness in particular, and she has achieved substantial success at the young age of 25. I say congratulations, and I hope when the dust settles she will be vindicated. Besides, some of the criticism directed at her strikes me as of the petty and jealous sort, and I'd hate to see the OTD world divided over such minor issues.
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