North of Hollywood

Peter Winkler

Peter Winkler
North Hollywood, California,
December 14
Peter Winkler is the author of Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel (Barricade Books, 2011). Filmmaker Philippe Mora writes, "I knew Dennis Hopper in his wild days and his sober days, and this book captures the man in his many incarnations. Winkler's deeply researched biography of Hopper is the definitive book on this live wire who lived on the high wire." Winkler has written for a variety of publications, including Filmfax, The Huffington Post, and Playboy. Winkler graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Dennis Hopper Final Book Cover


One of America's most intriguing show-business luminaries and true rebels, Dennis Hopper's amazing life was a roller-coaster series of triumphs and failures. Always intent on proving his genius and leaving a legacy, the Emmy and Oscar-nominated Hopper acted in more than 115 movies and… Read full post »

The almost unanimous approval and even jubilation occasioned by the summary execution of Osama Bin Laden sickens me.

Even the leaders of Nazi Germany, who were ultimately deemed responsible for the deaths of millions, were arrested, not presumed guilty and shot on sight. They were tried with due proce… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2010 9:36PM

Hey People, Get a Life!

You know, every day I start my breakfeast by sipping my hot tea and reading some of the political posts here on Open Salon. What continuously perplexes me is why writers invest so much effort into long, detailed analyses about the perfidy of Republicans, or trying to explain the staggering inaction… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2010 7:23PM

How To Read Dubya's Memoir


I feel the same way about former President George W. Bush's memoir  as I do about all ghost written celebrity autobiographies: it is an unwanted, unasked for exercise in celebrity marketing wherein a celebrity burnishes their star image and whitewashes their past foibles. It has about a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2010 7:07PM

Obama Lies Again

Obama officials moving away from 2011 Afghan date

By Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
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NOVEMBER 9, 2010 11:51AM

Duelling Michael Caines

OCTOBER 30, 2010 7:19PM

I Didn't Vote

Yesterday, blogger Chez Pazienza put up the following qoute from Paul Krugman:

"This is going to be terrible. In fact, future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political chaos and economic weakness."

 … Read full post »

The Democratic Party and many liberals are gleefully rubbing their hands in anticipation of mid-term campaigns against the likes of Christine O'Donnell.

Actually, this strategy reveals the fatal weakness of the Democrats. If your only hope for victory is in looking good only by comparison to the loon… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 6:29AM

Obama Speaks

SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 7:26PM

Gen. David Petraeus' Unintended Hilarity

Pastor Terry Jones, of Florida's previously unheard of Dove World Outreach Church, has promised to burn the Quran on this coming Sept. 11. 

In response, our very own McArthur manque, Gen. Petraeus, has warned that the Quran burning could arouse anti-American reactions in Afghanistan, where our t… Read full post »

I was considering voting this November to reelect Senator Barbara Boxer and other Democratic incumbents for only one reason: to protect Social Security from cuts. Until now, one of the few meaningul things distinguishing the Democrats from the Republicans has been their stated avowal to protect Medic… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2010 6:53PM

Mideast Peace Talks Are a Sham

The current peace talks between Israel and the putative leader of the Palestinians are a sham.

Israel is the military superpower of the Middle East, thanks to the foreign aid umbilical between the U.S. and Israel. Every year, the U.S. unquestioningly grants Israel their multi-billion dollar stipend,… Read full post »

JULY 14, 2010 6:26PM

Tips for Writers

Writers Books

  Here's a tip for all you writers out there. Save the $52.90 these books will cost you. They won't make you a writer. Only talent and luck can do that. You can't learn talent and luck. Read full post »


 Just in case you hadn't noticed. Read full post »

JUNE 23, 2010 2:17AM

McChrystal Clear

The current flap over Gen. McChrystal's indiscreet comments about President Obama, VP Joe Biden and ambassador Karl Eikenberry that emerged in an article in Rolling Stone is just the latest gossipy tempest in a thimble whose outcome is of no importance whatsoever.

President Obama can fire McChrystal… Read full post »

helen thomas

Here's Paul Jay's defense of Helen Thomas. And here, appropo, is Slate's story about Fred Malek, currently an assistant to the governor of Virginia, who, at President Nixon's direction in 1971, compiled a list of Jews employed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics who were then to be demoted.… Read full post »

MAY 30, 2010 3:36PM

Dennis Prager, Wrong Again

Thursday, Dennis Prager began his radio show by denouncing the left for ther intellectual dishonesty because they refuse to admit that if George W. Bush or any Republican presidet was in office now, he'd be held responsible for the BP oil spill in the same way Bush was blamed for Hurricane… Read full post »

MAY 25, 2010 6:59PM

Lindsay Lohan vs. Roman Polanski

There are several Open Salon members obsessed with seeing justice done by dragging Roman Polanski back to the state of California to face some kind of punishment for his rape of a minor female 33 years ago and for fleeing the jurisdiction.

I wont recap in full my comments made… Read full post »

MAY 22, 2010 5:10PM

Rand Paul's Fact-Free Mind

David Sirota:

"We know that before the disaster, President Obama recklessly pushed to expand offshore drilling. We also know that his Interior Department gave British Petroleum's rig a "categorical exclusion" from environmental scrutiny and, according to the New York Times, "gave permission to BP… Read full post »

Why do politicians adopt so many patently phony and often ludicrous tactics and sayings while campaigning?

Because they work. Because there are plenty of credulous, uncritical voters who fall for it.

How can anyone take seriously someone who touts their status as a "Washington Outsider" at the same t… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2010 4:42PM

I Won't Pimp for Open Salon

This afternoon I clicked on the "Most Recent" tab here and what I see are nearly two unbroken pages of disreputable ads like these:

  open salon

I don't know what Open Salon's editors are doing, but they appar to be asleep at the switch. Or they just don't care, which is… Read full post »

MAY 14, 2010 12:47PM

Facebook Follies

It amazes me that a trivial subject like the privacy settings on Facebook receives so much attention in the media.

I do't get it. Facebook is the least interesting invention in online media since I first started going online in 1985 with my 300 baud, dial-up modem.

 I only have a… Read full post »

box office tally

Announcements of which movie did best last weekend are unbiquitous and inescapable. You see it on TV, hear about it on the radio or read it online. It's one of those things that started years ago and has now become a regretable tradition.

Outside of the people involved in… Read full post »

"Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) plan to roll out a bill later this month that limits greenhouse gas emissions while expanding federal support for nuclear power, offshore oil-and-gas drilling and low-emissions coal projects, among other measures."

W… Read full post »

MAY 11, 2010 8:16PM

Beavis and Butthead Really Exist

Literary blogger Ed Champon presents a compendium of links to literary podcasts today. On his list is a podcast titled "Read It and Weep: The Podcast about crappy books, movies, and TV."

It sounds promising. It isn't. I listened to a few minutes of their reviews of the books… Read full post »