is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor for Men's Journal. He has also written for New York, Rolling Stone, GQ, and The New Republic.  He has written extensively about film for The New York Times Magazine including the recent cover story, The Misfits, the story of the making of The Canyons, a film starring Lindsay Lohan and directed by Paul Schrader. In 2012, he wrote for Men's Journal, Greetings From Williston, North Dakota, an account of three weeks he spent in a boomtown boarding house. His work has been anthologized four times in The Best American Sports Writing and has also been anthologized in The Best American Crime Writing, The Best American Political Writing, Wild Stories: The Best of Men's Journal, Going Long: The Best Stories From Runner's World, and the Philadelphia Reader, a best of Philadelphia Magazine compilation. The Magical Stranger is his first book.​

Before becoming a journalist, Rodrick worked as a deputy press secretary for United States Senator Alan J. Dixon. He hold a bachelors and masters in political science from Loyola University of Chicago and a masters in journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the novelist Alix Ohlin, and their black and tan coon hound Peanut.​

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