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 trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I always wear boots.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Doyle Lonnegan

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

A. A young Leonard Cohen

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. French charcuterie

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