Discipline: Literature – fiction

Michael Scott Moore

Discipline: Literature – fiction
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Michael Scott Moore is a journalist and a novelist, author of a comic novel about L.A., Too Much of Nothing, as well as a travel book about surfing, Sweetness and Blood, which was named a best book of 2010 by The Economist. He grew up in California, but worked for several years as an editor and writer at Spiegel Online in Berlin. During a reporting trip to Somalia in early 2012, he was kidnapped and held hostage by pirates for 32 months. The Desert and the Sea, a memoir about that ordeal, came out in 2018 and became an international bestseller.

At MacDowell he worked on a new novel about drones, which he started drafting in Somalia on a series of flimsy notebooks.


New Jersey

Michael Scott Moore worked in the New Jersey studio.

The yellow clapboard New Jersey Studio, located on a grassy, sloping site, was funded by the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs and built as an exact replica of Monday Music Studio (1913). The studio’s porch rests on fieldstone piers that increase in height as the ground slopes to the west. Like Monday Music Studio, New Jersey…

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