Nugent grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was the original keyboardist for The Cloud Room, an indie rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. Nugent began his literary career as a reporter for Time magazine, writing mostly about music.
Nugent's short story "Ollie the Owl" was published in the Winter 2009 issue of Tin House, and The L Magazine included his story "The Rugby Witch" in their summer 2010 fiction issue. His essay on Asperger Syndrome as well as the adulterous sins of our father figures appear in The New York Times Opinion pages. His essay "Security," about authors and money, appeared in Bookmark Now, a collection of work by young writers on writing. Nugent has also written pieces for New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Good Magazine and n+1. His debut novel "Good Kids" is forthcoming from Scribner. His short story God was published in the Fall 2013 edition of the Paris Review.
Nugent currently lives in Boston.
- Audio interview regarding "American Nerd" on public radio program The Sound of Young America
- Salon.com interview with Nugent
- CNN.com review of Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing
- Cloud Room page
- n+1 article
- Official Site