David Goodwillie

David Goodwillie is the author of the novel American Subversive, a New York Times Notable Book of 2010, and the acclaimed memoir Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. He has also played professional baseball, worked as a private investigator, and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. A graduate of Kenyon College, he lives in New York City.  

Books by this Author

American Subversive


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. The words on my screensaver: "Sit down and write, you idiot."

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Paul Newman. I know, I know, not applicable, but can you come up with anyone better?

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Apparently, I start too many sentences with the word "And".

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The 1969 Mets.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Henry Gondorff

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