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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Into the Storm
Run the Storm
Zero Decibels

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I listen. Most people don't. Which doesn't mean I'm always interested, but I do listen.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Sulawesi (Indonesia), about to board a black freighter captained by a one-eyed, defrocked Franciscan

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Humbert Humbert (Lolita)

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Leaping before I look

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