Interview with George M. Foy

April, 2012
George Michelsen Foy

Quick Start


SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

GF: lucky in kids, in work that i love

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

GF: if not here, where? if not now, when?


What Readers want to know...


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

GF: 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.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

GF: Myself. The source of all true fear.

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

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

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

GF: Charles Saunders Peirce (look him up)

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

GF: Nelson Mandela

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

GF: "on one level ... on another level"

SS: What do you regret most?

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

SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

GF: Play the trumpet like Louis Armstrong

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

GF: My kids: my daughter, Emilie, and my son, Alexandre.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

GF: Leaping before I look

SS: What’s your best quality?

GF: Humility

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

GF: an Alaskan timber wolf, always assuming Sarah Palin was miles away

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

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

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

GF: Justine Hosnani, in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

GF: Humbert Humbert (Lolita)

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

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

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

GF: people on cellphones in public places

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

GF: (censored)

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

GF: marine archeologist

SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

GF: honesty, diligence, a good head for liquor

SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

GF: ambrosia

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

GF: 4th Time Around (Bob Dylan), Into My Arms (Nick Cave), That's How Strong My Love Is (Otis Redding), Funky Broadway (Wilson Pickett), I Wanna Be Sedated (Ramones)

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