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Roger Lichtenberg Simon is an American mystery author, blogger and screenwriter. He is currently the CEO of Pajamas Media and lives in Californiamarker.

Simon was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing the screenplay of the 1989 film Enemies, a Love Story. Among his other screenwriting credits are Bustin' Loose with Richard Pryor and Scenes from a Mall with Woody Allen and Bette Midler.

His screen adaptation of his own novel The Big Fix starred actor Richard Dreyfuss, who portrayed hard-boiled private detective Moses Wine[70574]. Wine is cynical, hard-edged and also a former 1960s radical. The Wine novels have been nominated for Edgar Awards [70575] from the Mystery Writers of America and have been translated into over a dozen languages. The Big Fix received the John Creasey Award for best first crime novel from the Crime Writers of Great Britain.

Simon himself experienced a political transformation in which he felt alienated from what he saw as the excesses of the Left after the realities of the September 11, 2001 attacks affected him. He jokes, "I may be the first American writer who was profiled both by Mother Jones and National Review." He supports both same-gender marriage and the War on Terror, and contends that those issues are linked.

Simon also edits a weblog. In 2005 Simon founded, with jazz guitarist Charles Johnson, webmaster of the Little Green Footballs weblog, a startup company called Pajamas Media. Pajamas Media expanded in 2008 into Internet television with Pajamas TV.

Simon has been married three times. He is currently married to Sheryl Longin, who wrote the screenplay for Dick, a film spoof of Watergate. In 1997, Simon directed the feature film Prague Duet[70576] from a script he and Longin wrote.

Simon's first non-fiction book, Blacklisting Myself: Memoir of a Hollywood Apostate in the Age of Terror'[70577]', was published by Encounter Books in February 2009.

Partial bibliography

  • Dead Meet (1968)
  • Heir (1968)
  • The Mama Tass Manifesto (1970) ISBN 0-03-084528-9
  • The Big Fix (1973) ISBN 0-87932-048-6
  • Wild Turkey (1974) ISBN 0-87932-082-6
  • Peking Duck (1979) ISBN 0-671-22880-3
  • California Roll (1985) ISBN 0-394-53711-4
  • The Straight Man (1986) ISBN 0-394-55837-5
  • Raising the Dead (1988) ISBN 0-394-56441-3
  • The Lost Coast (1997) ISBN 0-06-017707-1
  • Director's Cut (2003) ISBN 0-7434-5802-8
  • Blacklisting Myself: Memoir of a Hollywood Apostate in the Age of Terror (2009) ISBN 1594032475



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