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. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. As a fictional conceit.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not taking my baseball career more seriously.

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

A. Martin Luther King. And I'd say thank you.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Too many to choose from.


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