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Robert Jacoby

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I'm a poet, novelist, memoirist, and diarist. My poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in more than 20 literary magazines. My story “The Span of Blood” was selected runner up in the 2018 Haunted Waters Press Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition; read the story here. I'm the author of four books: Never Stop Dancing: A Memoir (2019, nonfiction); Dusk and Ember (2019, novel); There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes (2012, novel); and Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales (2011, nonfiction). The book's website is escaping-from-reality.com and has audio clips of the interviews, an FAQ, and more. I'm currently working on two new novels.

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Robert Jacoby Hi Richard,

Thank you for your interest in my new novel, "Dusk and Ember," and thank you for asking this important question.

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Hi Richard,

Thank you for your interest in my new novel, "Dusk and Ember," and thank you for asking this important question.

The short answer is: It may be best to read the books in the order I wrote them. In that case, yes, read “There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes” (2012) before you read “Dusk and Ember” (2019).

My long explanation is (and without giving too much away—no spoiler alerts here—it’s safe to continue reading):

Most of the action in the new novel “Dusk and Ember” takes place about 6 months before the novel “Noah.” I say “most of the action” because I do make use of flashbacks to present back story, in both novels, and there is some overlap. How could there not be? It’s the same character. But as I started working on "Dusk and Ember" (the new novel), I did not return much to the old novel (“Noah”) to check on this or that detail of a memory. This was deliberate because I wanted to convey the sense of our fluid memories, of how we can have different takes on a past event from a different point in our future lives. I also very much intended for both novels to stand alone as their own separate works. In other words, for me, it’s not necessary to read them “in chronological order”; that is, “Dusk and Ember” first and “Noah” second. If someone does that and finds “errors” in the recollections, the memories, of the character, that’s on me. Chalk it up to human fallibility and our faulty memories, of me and the fictional character.

Will Richard ever reach 20? I like to think so.

Will I ever write about him again? I don’t think so. I never intended to make a series with the character Richard Issych and his world. But I can’t say for sure. If you’d like a little more on this, read my “Letter to My Editor,” which I wrote soon after completing work on Dusk and Ember, here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog....

Again, thank you for asking this important question. I’m sure I’ll need to refer to my response here as more people discover my books. :)(less)
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My New Article for The Good Men Project: At Bethany on the Jordan

The Good Men Project just published my article, "At Bethany on the Jordan," a short piece I wrote after encountering a monk at the Jordan river in the place where Jesus was baptized.

A Christian Arabic monk was praying for me beside the Jordan River near where John baptized Jesus while my Muslim friend was translating.


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“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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