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Robert Jacoby

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I'm a poet, novelist, memoirist, and diarist. My poetry and short works have appeared in more than 20 literary magazines, most recently The 2River View, Sleet Magazine, and Slow Trains. (My recently published work is available from my website at Robert-Jacoby.com.) I've published two books, a novel, There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes (2012), and a memoir (by interview), Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales (2011). The book's website is escaping-from-reality.com and has audio clips of the interviews, an FAQ, and more. Besides keeping writer’s sketchbooks, which contain ideas and notes for poems, portions of novels, and other works, I've kept personal notebooks. Since 1985 I've w...more


Yesterday I printed out the latest version of my second novel, still titled Dusk and Ember. Clocked in at 252 pages. A little more than 50,000 words. The last three printings I’ve done this summer—June, July, and now August—I’ve added another 50 pages to each successive print. I’m pleased so far. The biggest (most important) alterations in this version is the division of the novel into four par... Read more of this blog post »
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There are Reasons Noah Pack...
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I can't keep doing this to myself

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I did not hate this novel, but I could not finish this novel. I'll tell you why:

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I didn't like this book much. Oh, there are funny episodes strewn throughout, even some laugh-out-loud moments. But as the "story" moves on you'll find that everything is self-induced. It's just Hunter S. Thompson (and his lawyer) sent by a magazine...more
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Good enough beach read

I brought this book with me to read on a beach vacation. It fit the bill.

Enjoyable and quick and pleasant enough. I had several problems with the plot, the entire situation was not believable, the author's misandry was showing t...more
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More of Robert's books…
“Everyone uses their own dictionary.”
Robert Jacoby, There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes

“The human race puzzles me, with striving for freedom, and then basically just giving it away.”
Robert Jacoby, Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales

“An interesting captain on there, McNamara. Th e United States Lines had three captains. Every company had their captains that were notorious, and U.S. Lines had McNamara. Later on, McNamara, he dies, and the Wilmington Union Hall for Masters, Mates and Pilots—cuz he was captain, he would come out of that hall—they had a party
when he died. Baked a cake.
It wasn’t every day you got to lose one like him.
Some people took this more seriously than others is the only way I can phrase this.”
Robert Jacoby, Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales

“Perceptive observers saw civilization thinned to a mere veneer, with barbarism surging just beneath the surface, straining for release.”
Bruce Brander, Staring Into Chaos: Explorations in the Decline of Western Civilization

“Everyone uses their own dictionary.”
Robert Jacoby, There are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes

“The way I always kind of look at it: everything’s important and nothing’s important. If you’re gonna have a drama, have it over something that’s worth the time. Some people take it more seriously than others, like a Lowell. But we all end up the same.”
Robert Jacoby, Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales

“The human race puzzles me, with striving for freedom, and then basically just giving it away.”
Robert Jacoby, Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales

“An interesting captain on there, McNamara. Th e United States Lines had three captains. Every company had their captains that were notorious, and U.S. Lines had McNamara. Later on, McNamara, he dies, and the Wilmington Union Hall for Masters, Mates and Pilots—cuz he was captain, he would come out of that hall—they had a party
when he died. Baked a cake.
It wasn’t every day you got to lose one like him.
Some people took this more seriously than others is the only way I can phrase this.”
Robert Jacoby, Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales

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