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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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Books, bars, beaches.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Open-mindedness

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The 1969 Mets.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. A stronger throwing arm.

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