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Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine: The Perils of Coming Out Conservative in Tinseltown Paperback – February 8, 2011
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Smart, clever, sophisticated, funny and radically honest, Roger has filled his book with recollections and vignettes from the wild and crazy days of the 60s and 70s when drugs, sex and rock and roll flowed freely over the land but turned out, as we all know, were not really free at all.
Going back with Roger as an erstwhile radical left screen/mystery writer residing in Hollywood after graduating from Dartmouth is an edifying and intersting trip. It's a long, long way from wanting to be "lionized as Fellini and idolized as Che" to being the current CEO of the conservative internet site known as Pajamas Media and sending Joe the Plumber to Gaza on a reporting assignment for PJTV recently.Read more ›
His slow conversion from conventional (for Hollywood) leftist liberal began with the OJ Simpson trial. He and his wife watched the slow motion white Bronco chase, as I did from the bar in the Denali Lodge in Alaska, knowing that only a guilty man would behave that way. They watched the trial, and even got to attend one day when his wife won the daily lottery for seats. Sitting in the courtroom, he watched OJ flirt with his wife from the defendants table. OJ was so confident by that time, and rightly so, that he could revert to his womanizing nature and ignore the spectacle. After the acquittal, Roger began to examine his feelings about civil rights and affirmative action and the impact on the black "community" that allowed those jurors to ignore mountains of evidence. I watched much of the trial from Hanover, New Hampshire as I worked on a graduate degree after I had retired from medicine. I had one of the new satellite dishes and the afternoon session coincided with the end of my day of classes so I watched quite a bit of the trial. My impressions were a bit different from Roger's but his thoughts about the jurors were shared.Read more ›
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Although this book was recommended to me, I hesitated to want another boilerplate polemic about the rigid leftist culture in the entertainment industry. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bradley
When my book club decided to do another memoir after Peter Coyote, Sleeping Where I Fall, I almost cringed. Read morePublished 11 months ago by SF Writer
This is an entertaining, thought provoking memoir. As the author of the excellent Moses Wine detective novels, Simon knows how to tell a good story and he has filled this book with... Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Jim Lester
Mr Simon offers us two books in one, a personal Hollywood memoir and a narrative of his political journey from Left to qualified Right. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by John Winterson Richards
Quite a history you have experienced. I wonder if your initial political preference was conservative would you have done the drugs and the other extracurricular? Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Alison Gordon
Can Right-Wingers make their way in an industry whose ideological architecture leans so sloppily to the Left? Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by James D. Long
I have read some of Roger L. Simon's other works--one of his Moses Wine detective novels and some of his blog posts--so I was interested in his book "Turning Right at Hollywood and... Read morePublished on April 5, 2011 by Tollers
Been a gbig fan of Roger since I read my first Moses Wine novel. Had the chance to meet him a few years ago. Loved the book, and his experiences along the way. Great Read!Published on March 7, 2011 by Richard Lowe
In Blacklisting Myself, Roger L. Simon has the balls to come out of the Hollywood political closet and lay his cards on the table. I respect that. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Heather Hale