Mike Sager

Biography

Mike Sager is a bestselling author and award-winning reporter. He’s been called “the Beat poet of American journalism.” For more than fifteen years he has worked as a Writer-at-Large for Esquire magazine. In 2010 he won the American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine award for profile writing.

Sager’s career in journalism began in 1978, when he quit law school after three weeks to take a job on the graveyard shift as a copy boy at The Washington Post. Eleven months later, he was promoted to staff writer by Metro Editor Bob Woodward, of Watergate fame. Sager left the Post after six years to pursue a career in magazines. His first collection of articles, Scary Monsters and Super Freaks, published in 2003, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, as was his second, Revenge of the Donut Boys, published in 2007. His first novel, Deviant Behavior, was published by Grove/Atlantic’s Black Cat in April, 2008. A third collection, Wounded Warriors, was published in October, 2008 and received the Military Writers Society of America Founder’s Award and the American Author’s Association Golden Quill Award.

A former Contributing Editor of Rolling Stone and Writer-at-Large for GQ, Sager has also written for Vibe, Spy, Interview, Playboy, Washingtonian and Regardies. He is proud to be Editor-at-Large for WordsETC, the first black-owned literary magazine of South Africa.

For his stories, Sager has lived with a crack gang in Los Angeles; ex-pat Vietnam veterans in Thailand; a 625 pound man in El Monte,CA; teenage pitbull fighters in the Philadelphia barrio; Palestinians in the Gaza Strip; heroin addicts on the Lower East Side; Aryan Nations troopers in Idaho; U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton; Tupperware saleswomen in suburban Maryland; high school boys in Orange County. Eight of his articles have been optioned for or have inspired Hollywood films.

Sager has read and lectured at the schools of journalism at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Illinois, the University of Missouri, and the University of California, Irvine, where he served as a Periera Visiting Writer for four years. His work is included in textbooks presently in use in college classrooms.

Born August 17, 1956, Sager is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Emory University and a former intern at the pioneering Atlanta alt-weekly Creative Loafing. He lives with his son in San Diego, California. He is a past recipient of La Jolla Youth Soccer’s “Competitive Manager of the Year” award.

The Marinovich Project, a documentary aired by ESPN in 2012, was inspired by ASME winner “The Man Who Never Was” and features Sager as a narrator.

For more information, please see www.MikeSager.com and www.TheSagerGroup.com

Where to find Mike Sager online


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Books

Revenge of the Donut Boys: True Stories of Lust, Fame, Survival and Multiple Personality
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 119,740. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2018 by The Sager Group. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology / Cultural, Essay » Literature
From ground zero of the deadliest wildfire in California history, to gangsta-rap pioneer Ice Cube, to newly-minted billionaire Mark Cuban, to a swingers' “fantasy weekend," to the Newark, NJ, ghetto, these stories from Esquire and Rolling stone writer Mike Sager bring into sharp focus the state of modern America.A second edition of the author's bestselling collection. Updated with new material.
Stoned Again: The High Times and Strange Life of a Drugs Correspondent
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 71,810. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2018 by The Sager Group. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade, Nonfiction » Social Science » Criminology
From the brutal life inside a crack gang in Los Angeles, to the artistic miseries of young heroin addicts on the ultra-hip lower east side of New York; from the Sonoran desert where Carlos Castaneda made his earliest shamanic discoveries, to the cell at Folsom Prison where the author first encountered the King of Funk, Rick James, Sager takes you to places you wouldn't want to go on your own.
The Lonely Hedonist: True Stories of Sex, Drugs, Dinosaurs and Peter Dinklage
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 72,780. Language: American English. Published: September 15, 2017 by The Sager Group. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » History of sex
Bestselling author Mike Sager has been called “the Beat poet of American journalism." This is his sixth collection of true stories–sixteen intimate profiles of larger-than-life Americans both famous and obscure, including the founder an exclusive Hollywood sex club, a Montana rancher who found the most amazing dino fossil ever, the forgotten sixth member of the seminal rap group N.W.A., and more.
The Devil and John Holmes - 25th Anniversary Author's Edition: And Other True Stories of Drugs, Porn and Murder
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 52,200. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2017 by The Sager Group. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes, Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and culture
"John Holmes was every man’s gigolo, a polyester smoothie with a sparse mustache, a flying collar and lots of buttons undone. Read the story that inspired the movies Boogie Nights, with Mark Wahlberg, and Wonderland, with Val Kilmer. Now with restored edits and updated information. The collection includes three stories about related topics, including the suicide death of porn starlet Savannah.
Janet’s World: The Inside Story of Washington Post Pulitzer Fabulist Janet Cooke
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,240. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2016 by The Sager Group. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Editors, journalists, & publishers, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
Janet Cooke caused one of the biggest scandals in the history of journalism when her Pulitzer Prize-winning article, about an eight-year-old heroin addict, turned out to be a fake, along with her doctored resume.
Scary Monsters and Super Freaks: Stories of Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Murder
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 178,510. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2016 by The Sager Group. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes, Nonfiction » Social Science » True crime
Mike Sager’s bestselling debut collection is now available as an e-Book with new material added. The nineteen true crime stories include tales of porn star John Holmes, superfreak Rick James, beaten motorist Rodney Glenn King, Rap empresario Eazy-E, and many more. Says E! Online: “Don’t pick this one up if you have somewhere to be the next morning."
High Tolerance: A Novel of Sex, Race, Celebrity, Murder… and Marijuana
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 73,500. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2013 by The Sager Group. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
In this artful page-turner, a beloved superstarlet, a controversial billionaire hip-hop mogul, and a television writer/producer idled by the demoralizing strike are linked together improbably by murder, domestic heartbreak, a sex video . . . and their inclusion on a secret subscription list for an exclusive designer strain of medical marijuana.
The Someone You're Not: True Stories of Sports, Celebrity, Politics & Pornography
Price: $10.99 USD. Words: 99,970. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2012 by The Sager Group. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby
Bestselling author Mike Sager’s fourth collection showcases his deftly-written journalism at its best and most mature, a riveting marriage of crime reportage and you-are-there literary anthropology. The centerpiece examines the rise and fall of football's RoboQB, Todd Marinovich. Also: Paris Hilton, Dana White, Vetville, Bobby Jindal, Ugly, Pete Carroll, an innocent man jailed for 29 years, more.

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