March 12, 1959 |
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Journalist, writer, author, film producer, columnist, playwright, editor, screenwriter|
Rodger Jacobs is an American journalist, writer, author, film producer, columnist, playwright, editor and screenwriter.
Jacobs has been a journalist for publications such as Salon, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Las Vegas Sun, Eye Magazine, Hustler and PopMatters. He also worked for many years as a widely-respected, AVN award-winning adult film industry screenwriter and trade journalist.
In 2005, Jacobs' original essay, Running with the Wolves: Jack London and the Cult of Masculinity, was added to the permanent collection of Jack London Research at the U.C. Berkeley Digital Archives, the largest repository of Jack London research in the world, and sanctioned by the late author’s estate. In 2010, Jacobs provided the preface for Jack London: San Francisco Stories, an anthology for Sydney Samizdat Press.
Go Irish: The Purgatory Diaries of Jason Miller, a play Jacobs co-wrote with Tom Flannery, had its world premiere in 2007 and continues to be displayed in various theatrical venues in Pennsylvania and upstate New York with actor Bob Hughes. Writing in Stage magazine, critic Jack Shaw hailed Purgatory Diaries as "a stirring examination of celebrity madness."
Also in 2007, Jacobs wrote and directed a live presentation, The Ragged Promised Land, for the Vesuvio Cafe and The Beat Museum in San Francisco to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. In 2009, he released Mr. Bukowski's Wild Ride, a collection of original surrealist fiction, for exclusive consignment sale at City Lights Books in San Francisco; writing in the Self-Publishing Review, author Henry Baum cited the book as “another piece to add to (Bukowski’s) towering myth … it also gets to the soul of the man … as funny as any of Bukowski’s own writing.”
Jacobs' controversial series for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Las Vegas Sun, The New Homeless elicited praise and commentary from LA Weekly, Witness LA, The Awl and La Presse.
Silver Birch Press published Jacobs' original work The Furthest Palm in August 2012. Jacobs describes "Palm" as a series of "heavily autobiographical stories that were woven into the tapestry of a novel", and "postmodern L.A. noir heavily influenced by Raymond Chandler, Leonard Gardner ("Fat City"), and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Pat Hobby Stories", as well as Ernest Hemingway’s "The Nick Adams Stories."
In December 2012, Jacobs' collection of short fiction and novellas, Invisible Ink (The Book Motel), was lauded as the "most exemplary L.A. book of 2012" by Joseph Mailander in his City Watch L.A. column.
- Adrienne Crew. "LAist Interview: Rodger Jacobs". LAist. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- Rodger Jacobs. "PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- Michelle Goldberg. "The Matt Drudge of porn". Salon.com. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
- Emmanuelle Richard. "The Perils of Covering Porn". OJR. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- "Rodger Jacobs". Dead Drunk Dublin. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- Rodger Jacobs. "Running With The Wolves Jack London, The Cult Of Masulinity, And Might Is Right". London.sonoma.edu. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- Rodger Jacobs. "Go Irish: The Purgatory Diaries of Jason Miller". Southcamdentheatre.org. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- Jack Shaw. "GO IRISH at SCTC: A Stirring Examination of Celebrity Madness". Stage Magazine. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
- Rodger Jacobs. "The Ragged Promised Land". Carvers Dog. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- Henry Baum. "Mr. Bukowski's Wild Ride by Rodger Jacobs". Self-Publishing Review.
- Rodger Jacobs. "I Am Frightened". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- Rodger Jacobs. "Hostile Toward Homelessness". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
- Rodger Jacobs. "Homelessness and the indignity of hurtful speech". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2010-12-05.
- J. Patrick Coolican. "Rodger Jacobs, Writer, Stuck In Vegas And Near Homeless, Gets Some Help -- From L.A.". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
- Celeste Fremon. "The New Homeless: Rodger Jacobs and a Tale of Two Cities". Witness LA. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
- Choire Sicha. "Why Is American Selfishness So Widespread Now?". The Awl. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
- Nicolas Berube. "À deux doigts de la rue". La Presse. Retrieved 2010-12-01.
- "The Furthest Palm". Silver Birch Press. 2012.
- Joseph Mailander (2012-12-28). "The Most Exemplary LA Book of 2012". Citywatchla.com.
- Rodger Jacobs (2013-01-21). "Did Kafka invent noir?". Salon.
- The New York Times. "Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- Edward Guthmann, Wesley Morris. "Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes". SFgate.com. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- Amy Taubin. "Mopey Dicks and Boogie Nights". Village Voice. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- Official website
- Rodger Jacobs at the Internet Movie Database
- Rodger Jacobs at AllRovi
- Rodger Jacobs on Facebook
- Rodger Jacobs on Twitter
- Jack London: San Francisco Stories
- Jack London: San Francisco Stories Edited by Matthew Asprey, Preface by Rodger Jacobs on Amazon.com
- Long Time Money and Lots of Cocaine by Rodger Jacobs on Amazon.com
- Mr. Bukowski's Wild Ride by Rodger Jacobs on Amazon.com
- The New Homeless:Pt 1
- The New Homeless:Pt 2
- The New Homeless:Pt 3
- Profile of Rodger Jacobs: "À deux doigts de la rue" (Two Fingers From the Street) by Nicolas Berube (La Presse, Canada)
- The New Homeless: Rodger Jacobs, Part 2 - Moving, Celeste Fremon, Witness LA
- The New Homeless: Rodger Jacobs and the Myth of Solid Ground, Celeste Fremon, Witness LA
- Conversing with Rudy Wurlitzer: 'A Beaten-Up Old Scribbler' by Rodger Jacobs at Pop Matters
- The Big Nowhere: Rudy Wurlitzer's Rediscovered Trilogy by Rodger Jacobs at Pop Matters
- Rudy Wurlitzer, Bob Dylan, Bloody Sam, and the Jornado del Muerto by Rodger Jacobs at Pop Matters
- The Hardest Work Imaginable: Bukowski's Wine-Stained Notebook by Rodger Jacobs at Pop Matters
- Review of "Mr. Bukowski's Wild Ride" by Henry Baum, Self-Publishing Review
- Life During Wartime: Carl Sandburg's Poetry of the Macabre by Rodger Jacobs at Pop Matters
- Reading Jackie: When Literary Choices Become Biography by Rodger Jacobs at Pop Matters
- Jack Shaw reviews "Go Irish: The Purgatory Diaries of Jason Miller" at Stage Magazine
- "Bluebeard in Latex" by Rodger Jacobs, Runner-up in PEN American Center's "PEN Shorts" contest, April 2010
- "Library After Air Raid: On the Survival of Culture Amid the Barbarity of War" by Rodger Jacobs at Pop Matters
- "Klegg the Drunk: John Updike on Raymond Carver" by Rodger Jacobs at Pop Matters, March 2012