Rodger Jacobs

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Rodger Jacobs
Born (1959-03-12) March 12, 1959 (age 57)
San Francisco, California, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Journalist, writer, author, film producer, columnist, playwright, editor, screenwriter
Children Carole Jacobs

Rodger Jacobs is an American journalist, writer, author, film producer, columnist, playwright, editor and screenwriter.[1]

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.[2] He also worked for many years as a widely respected, AVN award-winning adult film industry screenwriter and trade journalist.[3][4][5]

In 1999, Jacobs wrote an essay, Running with the Wolves: Jack London and the Cult of Masculinity. 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."[6][7]

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.[8] 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."[9]

Jacobs' controversial series for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Las Vegas Sun, The New Homeless[10][11][12] elicited praise and commentary from LA Weekly,[13] Witness LA,[14] The Awl[15] and La Presse.[16]

Silver Birch Press published Jacobs' original work The Furthest Palm in August 2012.[17] 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.[18]

Salon and Los Angeles Review of Books published Jacobs' Franz Kafka themed essay in January 2013 entitled Did Kafka Invent Noir?[19]

Jacobs is also a film producer best known for being the screenwriter and producer of the 1998 documentary Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes.[20][21][22]


  1. ^ Crew, Adrienne. "LAist Interview: Rodger Jacobs". LAist. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Jacobs, Rodger. "PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Michelle. "The Matt Drudge of porn". Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ Richard, Emmanuelle. "The Perils of Covering Porn". OJR. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Stories: Rodger Jacobs". Dead Drunk Dublin. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ Jacobs, Rodger. "Go Irish: The Purgatory Diaries of Jason Miller" (PDF). Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ Shaw, Jack. "GO IRISH at SCTC: A Stirring Examination of Celebrity Madness". Stage Magazine. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Jacobs, Rodger. "The Ragged Promised Land". Carvers Dog. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  9. ^ Baum, Henry. "Mr. Bukowski's Wild Ride by Rodger Jacobs". Self-Publishing Review. 
  10. ^ Jacobs, Rodger. "I Am Frightened". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ Jacobs, Rodger. "Hostile Toward Homelessness". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  12. ^ Jacobs, Rodger. "Homelessness and the indignity of hurtful speech". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  13. ^ Coolican, J. Patrick. "Rodger Jacobs, Writer, Stuck in Vegas And Near Homeless, Gets Some Help – From L.A.". LA Weekly. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  14. ^ Fremon, Celeste. "The New Homeless: Rodger Jacobs and a Tale of Two Cities". Witness LA. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  15. ^ Sicha, Choire. "Why Is American Selfishness So Widespread Now?". The Awl. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ Berube, Nicolas. "À deux doigts de la rue". La Presse. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  17. ^ "The Furthest Palm". Silver Birch Press. 2012. 
  18. ^ Mailander, Joseph (December 28, 2012). "The Most Exemplary LA Book of 2012". 
  19. ^ Jacobs, Rodger (January 21, 2013). "Did Kafka invent noir?". Salon. 
  20. ^ "Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes". The New York Times. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  21. ^ Guthmann, Edward; Morris, Wesley (April 13, 2001). "Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes". Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  22. ^ Taubin, Amy. "Mopey Dicks and Boogie Nights". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 

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