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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. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. As a fictional conceit.

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.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Too many to choose from.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Open-mindedness

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