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.  

Books by this Author

American Subversive


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

A. A young Leonard Cohen

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. At the moment: My Only Offer (Mates of State); Better Son/Daughter (Rilo Kiley); Plus Ones (Okkervil River); Wake Up (Julia Darling); Two Steps Forward (Emmy the Great).

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Doyle Lonnegan

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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