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.  

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American Subversive by David Goodwillie

In David Goodwillie's "powerful thriller" (Chicago Sun-Times), the lives of a young radical and a failed journalist intertwine after a bombing.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A young Leonard Cohen

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Open-mindedness

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Passion, humor, independence.

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.

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