George Michelsen Foy

George Michelsen Foy is the author of Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human and Zero Decibels: The Quest for Absolute Silence, as well as twelve critically acclaimed novels. He was a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in fiction and his articles, reviews, and stories have been published by Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, Harper's, The New York Times, and Men's Journal, among others. A former officer on British coastal freighters, he teaches creative writing at NYU, holds a US Coast Guard coastal captain’s license, and divides his time between Cape Cod and New York.

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Run the Storm
Zero Decibels

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. if not here, where? if not now, when?

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Humility

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not having gone on to Jalalabad when I was in Afghanistan (under the Russians) with the Mujahideen

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Nonexistent past the age of 7. But later, if you find work that both satisfies you and somehow contributes to the balance of the world; if you have people to love, who love you back; if you love yourself sufficiently but not too much; contentment can land, unexpectedly and briefly, like a buttefly alighting on your shoulder.
It doesn't hurt, either, if at the same time you are outside sipping a beer in the sun on the first real day of spring.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Adolf Hitler.
"Seriously, Adolf, you're a wonderful house painter, keep at it."

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