George Michelsen Foy

George Michelsen Foy

George Michelsen Foy's latest non-fiction book, Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human (Flatiron Books/Macmillan, May 2016) seeks to understand how life finds its way around, from cells to emotions to spaceships, and why new technologies such as GPS imperil not only our navigational faculties but our bodies and identities too. At the same time he seeks to find out why and how his great-great-grandfather, the captain of a Norwegian sailing ship, perished after his vessel got lost in a snowstorm. ... Foy's previous book, Zero Decibels: The quest for absolute silence (Scribner, 2010), sought  to discover whether true silence exists, and if so, where to find it—a quest that continues in the author's own life and work. Foy has written for numerous publications including Harper'sMen's Journal, and Rolling Stone, on subjects that range from the funeral industry, to Bollywood, to modern seagoing pirates. He has published twelve novels and is working on another as well as on a third non-fiction book. He teaches creative writing at NYU, and lives in coastal Massachusetts and New York City with his wife, two children, and one Maine coon cat. You can read more about him on his website,

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Shut Up and Listen!

This blog was originally started to discuss issues from Zero Decibels, namely, the search for silence, the dangers of noise. However I've used it occasionally to sound off on different subjects. I'll probably do more of that as I work on other books and topics. I hate the game of focusing on pop culture (Snooki!), or on anything to do with sex, to boost readership. But an article on Katie Perry's breasts does get more readers than my piece on winter kayaking so I'll write about Katie occasionally. If one person enjoys, even profits from, the sea-kayaking piece, it's worth it.

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