Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time Fresh out of college and following a brief and disastrous stint playing minor league baseball David Goodwillie moves to New York intent on making his mark as a writer Arriving in Manhattan in the mid

  • Title: Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
  • Author: David Goodwillie
  • ISBN: 9781565124653
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fresh out of college and following a brief and disastrous stint playing minor league baseball, David Goodwillie moves to New York intent on making his mark as a writer Arriving in Manhattan in the mid nineties, Goodwillie quickly falls into one implausible job after another He becomes a private investigator, imagining himself as a gumshoe, a hired gun only to realize thaFresh out of college and following a brief and disastrous stint playing minor league baseball, David Goodwillie moves to New York intent on making his mark as a writer Arriving in Manhattan in the mid nineties, Goodwillie quickly falls into one implausible job after another He becomes a private investigator, imagining himself as a gumshoe, a hired gun only to realize that he s adept at bungling cases than at solving them When, in his stint as a freelance journalist, he unveils the Mafia in a magazine expos , he succeeds only in becoming a target of their wrath As a copywriter for a sports auction house, he imagines documenting the great histories hidden in priceless artifacts but finds himself forced to write about a lock of Mickey Mantle s hair Even when he seems to break through, somehow becoming the sports expert at Sotheby s auction house appearing on major news networks, raking in a hefty salary he s lured away by the promise of Internet millionsjust in time for the dot com crash Teeming with the vibrancy of a city in hyperdrive, Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time recounts a dizzying and enthralling search for authenticity in a cynical, superficial and suddenly dangerous age In his heartbreaking and hilarious struggle to become a big city writer, Goodwillie becomes something an important voice of the lost generation he so elegantly describes.

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    1. I did read all of it, including many parts aloud. That would seem to make it at least four stars. But what I read aloud included (among oh so many others):1) The section where he blows $750 in five minutes on cocaine and strippers, and then complains that his girlfriend is too shallow and unserious.2) The section where he devotes several paragraphs to all the craaaaazy coffee drinks you can get at a cafe when all he wants is a cup o' joke.3) The section where he explains that 9/11 basically happ [...]

    2. I was a little nervous about this memoir given that in the time between ordering the book on and its arrival I read the reviews on here, several of which inferred the author is basically a spoiled douchebag. I was prepped for Tucker Max, version two, and was therefore pleasantly surprised. First of all, the writing is superb, well above most every memoir I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a lot!) Second, while it’s true he is from a life of privilege and caught many lucky breaks, never once do [...]

    3. This one didn't do much for me - but that may have been a timing thing as much as anything. It was a little tough to read about this fairly insufferable guy getting a series of lucky breaks during the dot com era from the middle of the Great Recession. The resolution also seemed a bit rushed - the "how I learned my lesson and stopped being such a giant tool" section felt underdeveloped. Because Goodwillie is definitely a good writer, I'm just not convinced he's not also a giant tool.

    4. the title is the best thing about it. he's smug and seems to take for granted to an offputting degree the enormous advantages he's had at every step of his life.

    5. An account of Goodwillie's life, from a childhood in London to how witnessing 9/11 in New York changed the course of his life. He was a minor league baseball player, a private investigator, and copywriter for auction houses, all while struggling to be a writer and take advantage of start-ups when the Internet was just taking off. The book is long, but so well-written and interesting that you'll keep flipping pages. Throughout the book, Goodwillie is on a quest to write fiction, to be an artist a [...]

    6. This book is an excellent choice if you are in your twenties, confused about your career and live in New York (it seems like many books address these topics). I am not going to write a hugely long review except to say that there were two very specific passages the resonated with me in this book and I won't easily forget them (their pages are folded over in my copy - that's rightI'm a page folder!). One involves personal sacrifice for art and comedy on the same two pages; the other paints a beaut [...]

    7. Love/extreme disliike relationship with this book, but I'm glad I kept reading. I think he has the potential to be a great writer, and there were brief moments when he made me think "shades of Jess Walter," but his style is too inconsistent. I wanted to dislike this guy, but somehow found myself rooting for him in spite of his insane choices and selfish lifestyle. But it takes guts to let the world see all that for what it is.

    8. Excellent memoir about the first years out of college and trying to find one's self and voice. Set in NYC in the late '90's when the Internet was just beginning and the economy was booming. Goodwillie struggles, and succeeds, and struggles again to find his way to living an authentic and meaningful life in the great city.

    9. A book worth reading about becoming an adult. While I'm younger than the material, it sees how the internet has changed our perception of life and business. The message - that history happens only when we're looking back - never changes.

    10. David Goodwillie takes us on an adventure through the grimy streets of NYC, in (and kicked out of) whore houses, and on the rollercoaster that was his life. He's a good writer who knows how to tell a compelling story -- this novel is a must-read for any New Yorker or lover of the Big Apple.

    11. I actually didn't make it all the way through this book. The author seems likable enough, but his short life so far doesn't really have a good novel in it.

    12. "In his heartbreaking and hilarious struggle to become a big-city writer, Goodwillie becomes something more: an important voice of the lost generation he so elegantly describes."

    13. Young guy graduates college and tries a whole host of professions - pro baseball player, private investigator and sport auction writer for starters. His first novel - quite good, very entertaining.

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