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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.

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. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The 1969 Mets.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I always wear boots.

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. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I keep thinking about Marfa, Texas, though I've never been.

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