Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

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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 guna€”only to realize that he's more adept at bungling cases than at solving them. When, in his stint as a freelance journalist, he unveils the Mafia in a magazine exposAc, 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 housea€”appearing on major news networks, raking in a hefty salarya€”he's lured away by the promise of Internet millions...just 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, superficiala€”and suddenly dangerousa€”age. 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.He was a character on the Howdy Doody Show. A few months ago Josh managed to sell one of the original Howdy Doody puppets, a creepy-looking marionette, for $113, 000. I would call that absurd, except nothing in the world of collectiblesanbsp;...

Title:Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
Author:David Goodwillie
Publisher:Algonquin Books - 2006-06-02


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