The Adventures of Memento Mori

A cynic’s guide for learning to live by remembering to Die


Episode 12: D.S. Moss

D.S. Moss is a cultural producer and natural explorer who satires the absurdity of the human condition. Unwavering in his pursuit to relate unconventional stories, Moss maintains an interdisciplinary practice of conflating storytelling techniques.

Born in Idaho, he spent his early years living in a Christian cult in the small town of Hailey. After his father moved the family to the Alaskan wild to open an insulation business, he and his mother moved to Seattle during the height of the grunge scene. Moss skipped college and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He worked as a Marine intelligence analyst during his commission, but two years into his service, he met actor Harvey Keitel. That changed everything. He abandoned his dream of being a “super spy” for the more dangerous work of filmmaking and screenwriting. Six years later, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Radio, Television and Film.

Moss’ podcast, The Adventures of Memento Mori: A Cynic’s Guide for Learning to Live by Remembering to Die, has solidified his place as a mentor to me in the podcast world. His satirical and philosophical 30-minute broadcasts exploring death follow Moss as he attempts to live a more meaningful existence. Problem is … life keeps getting in the way. How ironic is that?

Moss is a member of the Writer’s Guide of America, and has been a resident at The MacDowell Colony and IFP Media Lab. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.